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I enjoy searching for buds on the fruit bushes, it makes me feel spring is less far away... this is a photo of a blackcurrant bud taken a few days ago.

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The October sown garlic is doing well now. Germination was slow, but over 95% have come up. I’ve sown homegrown garlic cloves this year, and I’m really pleased, and relieved, they’ve germinated well.

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I was lucky that this swan flew by on my lockdown walk this weekend. I really enjoy taking photos of swans. When they fly, they make a constant call, which is very helpful in getting the camera ready for when they are close by.

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Inspecting my currant bushes yesterday, I saw these strange looking orange spots on some of the branches. I think they are sap sucking scale insects? I hope to prune away the problem.

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The rhubarb is back! A great sight on a cold day. I don’t force rhubarb, but provided the weather warms a little I’m hoping to be harvesting some stems by March.

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New video: December Allotment Tour. Watch by following the profile link (click the logo).

See the contents below:

00:00 Introduction
00:30 Storing Shallots
00:55 Storing Winter Squash
01:02 Hot Composting
01:44 Overwintering Peas
02:23 Blueberry Bushes
02:57 Garlic Germinating
03:52 Picking Cabbage
04:36 Picking Kale
05:24 New Zealand Spinach Bed With Chard & Beetroot
06:27 Digging Up Parsnips
07:48 Picking Orange Beetroot
08:25 Overwintering Leeks
09:26 Overwintering Cabbage & Broccoli
10:42 Overwintering Perpetual Spinach & Picking Radish
13:21 Strawberry Bed
13:36 Apple Tree
14:06 Rhubarb Bed With Dahlias
15:08 Fruit Cage
15:52 Tayberry, Loganberry, Boysenberry
16:32 Raspberry Row
17:03 Water Butts & Polytunnel

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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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