Catch-up: alliums & halloween

There’s lots to catch up on, both in what I want to post on the blog and also what I’ve got to do on the allotment. My bad back is pretty much fixed and I’ve been down the plot to plant some over-wintering onions (radar) and some garlic.

Onions in the bed

Onions in the bed

These have gone into the South side of the plot, which I’m keeping as beds. The North side is going to go into one big plot, which should keep the maintenance down, and as recommended by the allotment officer.

When I was down there I collected the last fresh produce of the year: a single pea-pod and some beetroot. The beetroot went into the halloween roast dinner, and we found out the younger daughter likes it.

scary daughter

scary daughter

That’s not the last of the produce from the plot. I’ve still got the sage to cut back for Winter, and I’ve a few onions and shallots still to use. And there’s a couple of pots of jam. I’d prefer to be in a better position in the run-up to Winter…

I also brought back the last flower, an English Marigold, and some seed heads of both English and French Marigolds. Since my daughters haven’t auto-reset their body clocks to GMT, we were up very early this morning saving the seed.

last flower of the year

last flower of the year

saving seed

saving seed

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save our bees wildflower seeds

I recieved my free wildflower seed mix from Save our bees today, and my daughter immediately snatched the packet and hid them in her teletubbies video case. No daddy, use them later!

The packet itself doesn’t mention when to sow, the mix of plants and whether they are annuals or perennials. But when I’m getting some free seeds, I really shouldn’t complain too much. The planting instructions say that it’s an annual mix, and that they will self-seed for future years. Plant out mid-March to mid-May.