Tidying up and Autumn Digging

How quickly these week keep flying by, as the Autumn chill now starts to bite a little into those early mornings.. The weather though here in the UK has been very clement and this week although we have had a few hefty rain showers, the wind although has been blowing hard has been mild as it has come in from the South. 

This week has seen us in the allotments early mornings until lunch time as my hubby has dug over where the potatoes were.  He also mowed the paths either side and tidied up the edges with spade work to neaten  off the edges. More to show you in the next post as we work on tidying near the sheds. We are taking a short well-earned break away for a holiday shortly.. So we wanted to make sure the allotment is more or less tidy before we go.

Digging over the garden never gets any easier and even after all of the years we have been working it, it is back-breaking work bending to pick out the twitch as you go. 

Below Every Picture tells its own story as to what the allotment looks like at the moment.

This is the view from the top of our allotments. This was where the potatoes were. It has now been dug over. And will keep being hoed to keep the weeds down. The first line of veggies seen are two rows of Winter Parsnips.

This is the view from the top of our allotments. This was where the potatoes were. It has now been dug over. And will keep being hoed to keep the weeds down.
The first line of veggies seen are two rows of Winter Parsnips. You can see here the sweetcorn was still in place before taking out after harvesting all the cobs through out several weeks.

My Hubby has since dug this next space over which was where the sweetcorn was planted. The second row down from the parsnips are beetroot.. The poppy patch to the right has baby carrots, I did weed it a little but was pulling too many carrots up with them. So this will not hurt until the carrots get larger.

My Hubby has since dug this next space over which was where the sweetcorn was planted.
The second row down from the parsnips are beetroot..
The poppy patch to the right has baby carrots, I did weed it a little but was pulling too many carrots up with them. So this will not hurt until the carrots get larger.

Looking from midway down the allotment, I cut the tops off of the leeks to help them thicken out more. Beyond the leeks is curly Kale, Courgettes, Rainbow Chard, and Brussel sprouts. And of course you can see the Kidney Beans in front of the greenhouse. which is full of red and yellow tomatoes

Looking from midway down the allotment, I cut the tops off of the leeks to help them thicken out more. Beyond the leeks is curly Kale, Courgettes, Rainbow Chard, and Brussel sprouts. And of course you can see the Kidney Beans in front of the greenhouse. which is full of red and yellow tomatoes

In the two raised beds I planted Wall Flowers and Winter pansies. These will go into my home garden later on. Under the nets are Spring Cabbage and Lettuce growing. You can see how those strawberry plants have grown again since the last photo taken in an earlier post.

In the two raised beds I planted Wall Flowers and Winter pansies. These will go
into my home garden later on.
Under the nets are Spring Cabbage and Lettuce growing. You can see how those strawberry plants have grown again since the last photo taken in an earlier post.

Click the above circle photos to read captions

I hoed out the raspberries again and tied up new shoots on the loganberries. In the foreground you can see our Mint Patch which is in flower .

I hoed out the raspberries again and tied up new shoots on the loganberries. In the foreground you can see our Mint Patch which is in flower .

Spider need a home too so I was careful not to disturb her web. She is only about one inch a couple of centimetres long.. She looks bigger from the angle I took the photo.

Spider need a home too so I was careful not to disturb her web. She is only about one inch a couple of centimetres long.. She looks bigger from the angle I took the photo.

Well that is all for September and I will see you again in October when I hope to show you work on our home garden.

Happy Gardening!

~Sue~

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28 thoughts on “Tidying up and Autumn Digging

    • Apologies for the delay in answering your Ina… Sorry if the spider may have given you the shivers.. I used to dislike them a lot.. but over the years have overcome my fear of them realising they probably are more scared of us.. I apologised to many the other day as I weeded through disturbing many a web… And when I remember to do that, then I find they do not turn up in my home as often.. 🙂

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  1. Wow! What gorgeous gardens. I’m in the US and love to garden, especially in raised beds. We have had quite a year chasing a rascal of a groundhog out of the gardens. Anything cruciferous fell victim to those large incisors of his. We have to come up with a better fence next year. Do you deal with any animal pests? Your gardens look so perfect.

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    • Hello timeless lady, lovely to have you here… And sorry your groundhog has been making life difficult..
      We are lucky not so many of your own critters to play havoc in our allotment..
      We have a fox now and again who will play and dig and bury things, He had a pigeon and left its feathers as a gift or the occasional chickens head as he sometimes gets into the hen pens on other allotment gardens..
      The only other critters are the two legged kind who sometimes break in and help themselves to what is in garden sheds and we have had produce go.. Other than that we are very lucky..
      Thank you so much for the follow too.. Sue..

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    • Yes Maria we are winding it down and as we pick harvests we dig over the earth. And yes you had gone into spam.. But I rescued you. So it appears your comments are getting spammed.. Tell Akismet this and your comments appeared on my Sanctuary blog as I had previously unspammed you xxx Thank you for your lovely visit and take care and I hope you get your comments sorted out.. Love Sue xxx

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        • I think sometimes Maria it is because we comment upon so many posts.. Akismet is automated and can think we are spam.. You are set free now on my blogs. Lol and your comment went into moderation as it is set too here..
          Notify your blogging community though to look in their spam box for you in a post.. You will be surprised how many respond and dig you out.. L0l .. Love to you and Good Luck xxx

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  2. A great enjoyable tour around your allotment Sue, there is always something coming or going in your garden.
    By any chance did you and your Hubby meet at a Garden seminar, or an agricultural seminar ? .
    Best wishes for a great break on your time out.

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  3. Thanks for letting me walk in your garden again, friend Sue … mine is bare and covered in snow … The deer fattened up on my peas … Hunting season is starting November 01 … one of them will have to offer himself to me … Circle of life … This Canadian friend loves you much, my friend … Always, cat.

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    • Yes the snow comes around there too quickly and your growing season is far too short..
      I am sure the animal Deva’s will select who is to be sacrificed and I am sure also you will be full of gratitude for their offering..
      Love right back to you also dear Cat xxx

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  4. Hi Sue i am glad to have navigated into your other site..i am enjoying and learning a lot from your gardening blog…i would love to start a vegetable garden myself now apart from the ornamental plants i have..

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