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Freshly picked bluemoon radish, sown in September and harvested yesterday. At first it tasted like quite a mild radish, and then 30 seconds later I had a sensation similar to a mouthful of whiskey, a general heating up of mouth, throat, and chest. I think it’s best described as mild to begin with, then turning hot!

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A garlic shoot emerging through the soil. Planted in October, the cloves have taken a few weeks to germinate, but yesterday it was a cheery moment to see them coming through.

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I saw this maple tree on my walk (at least I think it’s a maple). Whilst many trees have lost their leaves already, this tree stood out.

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I think these are Shaggy Inkcap mushrooms. Quite a sight on an autumnal walk. But I never pick wild mushrooms as I am not confident in identifying the good from the poisonous.

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New video: creamy tomato soup. Watch by following the profile link (click the logo).

In late summer, I tried several iterations of this recipe to find one that I really like and look forward to eating. I enjoy eating homegrown tomatoes fresh with a little olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar, and in gazpacho (a cold Spanish soup), but I wanted to find a hot soup recipe to enjoy in the autumn and winter.

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An experiment with overwintering peas that I have sown in big containers. The peas were sown in October, and germinated quickly in the wet but warmish weather. I’m hoping that the fleece covering will be enough to protect them, and that come spring, the plants will start to thrive. Alternatively, the cold weather will do for them!

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A young perpetual spinach seedling growing underneath fleece. I planted these in September, but this picture taken yesterday suggests the harvest is a little while away...perhaps next spring all being well.

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New video: November allotment tour, watch by following the profile link (click the logo).

A tour of my allotment at the start of November 2020, including a review of the tasks done in October. See the contents below:

00:00 Introduction
01:00 Late Season Tomatoes
03:04 Digging Up Old Globe Artichoke Plant
05:47 Clearing Asparagus Bed
07:24 Supporting Raspberries
08:04 Supporting Hybrid Berries
08:57 Bindweed In The Fruit Cage
10:29 Growth Of Apple Tree
11:09 Sawfly On Strawberries
12:10 Rhubarb & Dahlias
12:52 Fleece Protecting Perpetual Spinach & Autumn Radish
14:40 Supporting Broccoli & Winter Cabbage
16:58 Old Courgette Bed
17:28 Care For Leeks With Rust
18:09 Parsnip Bed
18:44 New Zealand Spinach, Chard, & Beetroot
20:24 Brassica Bed With Kale & Cabbage
21:07 Freshly Planted Garlic Bed
21:43 Bed Prepared For Shallots & Onions
22:05 Colourful Blueberry Bushes
22:32 Recap Of The Allotment Tour

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Autumnal leaves I saw when walking. With the winds that are blowing today, I’m not sure they will be still there tomorrow.

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Each autumn, I look out for these leaves that I pass by on my way to the allotment. I really enjoy their colour. Some years they are more red, but this year they are a brilliant burned orange colour.

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A late season rose about to bloom in the garden. I am enjoying looking out for plants still offering colourful flowers.

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This robin visited my garden this morning. The majority of the time when I try to take a bird picture, my movement for the camera makes the bird fly away. This robin ignored me. I think this is one of my favourite pictures of the year so far.

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An asparagus crown from an old asparagus bed. This is one of the few healthy crowns left. I am not going to replant. The trade off between a short harvest season, compared to months of weeding, has for me tipped the balance towards using the space for something else.

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A late season ladybird. It was enjoying the leaves that were about to be composted in the hot compost bin. I took this photo before moving it to a safer place.

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A short video showing how I plant my garlic. Watch by following the profile link (click the logo).

I think it’s quite cold at the moment, but planting at this time of year should mean the cloves germinate before winter arrives.

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I love the colours of marigolds, and their endurance. This photo was taken a few days ago on a cold rainy day.

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When picking these tomatoes at the weekend (from the polytunnel) my thoughts quickly turned to making a hot tomato soup. Sunny days and gazpacho seem a long way away!

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I came across this spider at ground level when tidying up my asparagus. I don’t know what it is, but I was pleased to be wearing my gardening gloves at the time! Possibly an orb weaver spider?

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New recipe: allotment ratatouille. Watch on YouTube by following the link in my profile (click the logo)

This recipe is inspired by the classic French dish of stewed vegetables. The idea is to slowly cook the vegetables until they combine together to produce a delicious medley of flavours, with a little olive oil, vinegar, and sugar to bring out their flavour.

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