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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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A leek standing tall in the cool autumnal weather. Most of the crops on my plot are not enjoying the start of autumn, but the leeks are an exception.

I’m hoping the leeks will slowly mature over the next few months to be ready for picking in early spring. The biodegradable film helps suppress weeds. I like to use this for slow growing crops.

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A crown prince squash that has climbed on top of the fruit cage. I didn’t realise that squash could climb so well. The fruit was nicely supported on top of the net above the cage.

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One of the last flowers in the garden. A self seeded calendula, looking a little worse for the weather, but I love the vibrant colours of the petals.

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My garlic about to be planted. Having studied the weather, I’ve decided that now is a good time to plant. My sandy soil is moist and not waterlogged, the soil is not too cold, and the forecast is looking quite kind.

The cloves are ones I grew this summer. By planting now, I hope to harvest in June next year, all being well.

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Chocolate cherry tomatoes picked from the plants inside the polytunnel a couple of days ago. The plants are looking healthy, protected from the rain and chilly winds, and there are plenty of more tomatoes close to ripening. However, one really cold night could see off the plants, as I don’t use a heater inside.

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Not needed yesterday, not needed today, not needed tomorrow! Has the water pump been used for the last time this year?

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I walked around the allotment trying to find the prettiest cosmos flower surviving the colder weather. This is my winner.

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My allotment dahlias are still blooming, even though the sun, and warmth, feels long gone. Looking at the plots around me, many flowers are still in bloom. I would enjoy looking at them more if I were not shivering. I hope I will acclimatise to the cold soon!

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The leaves on my blueberry bushes are turning to show their beautiful autumnal colours. On a cold windy day like today, they are a cheerful reminder of the change of season.

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New video - storing potatoes. A short video to share how I store my allotment grown potatoes. Watch by following the link in my profile (click the logo).

I like to grow a few rows of potatoes on my plot. They are worth the space in terms of harvest size, now that I have learned the lesson the hard way of needing to water the rows regularly so that the potatoes grow to a decent size. By storing in the shed, they should last until early spring. They help remind me of my allotment when summer days seem a long way away.

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A harvest of upside down tomatoes. My experience so far: when planting, earth falling on my face and hair; needing to find somewhere high to hang the tomatoes; wishing I had planted a hanging basket filled with flowers instead; not knowing when to water; and, most importantly, a smaller harvest compared to all my other plants.

I am not a big fan! I did try planting tomatoes the right way up in hanging baskets, and got much better results. Please comment if you have had good results growing tomatoes upside down, maybe I did something wrong!

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A bee enjoying visiting a Cosmos flower. At the beginning of summer, bees were all over the poppies growing wild on the allotment. At the end of summer, a few plot holders are growing Cosmos flowers, and these seem to be popular for bees too. I have a few beds empty now, so I have room to grow, and these pretty flowers are an idea for next year.

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The late summer sunshine has ripened another harvest of my favourite Sungold cherry tomatoes. The combination of cooler weather and sunshine is helping the tomato plants thrive inside the polytunnel. The plants are looking really healthy again, and I’m hopeful they will carry on producing tomatoes well into October, but a frost can change that!

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