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Gardening for Dummies

It’s 2nd November. Perfect time to visit the allotment and get some of those important winter jobs done.

Like digging.
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But weirdly you don’t expect to see this.

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It’s a Passion flower in great bloom. Three similar blossoms and dozens of buds. It’s November! But it’s been between 16 and 22 degrees C for the last couple of weeks. Okay so late Autumn.

We’ve had an allotment about nine years. In that time we’ve seen a range of weather and conditions. There’s been a variety of flowers, fruit and foliage. But November!

I looked it up on this weather website.

Here’s an image from the same site.

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It’s supposed to be between 9 and 4. Today it’s 16 degrees!

Put it this way – So I’m not a climate change denier!

Meanwhile from a more normal point of view.

Remember those yellow flowering Giants?

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They towered over my head last month.

They are Jerusalem artichokes and today I pulled a good few up out of the ground. They’re a prolific permanent crop. They enjoy total neglect and spread like wild fire. I pulled about three big plants and a couple of smaller ones and yielded half a bucket of tubers with no effort.

Later this week I’ll be cooking with them. Plus chickens apparently enjoy them too.

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A bonus onion or two and the final runner beans joined the bucket.

Meanwhile as the digging progressed the last of the beetroot were accessible.

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We planted a multicoloured variety this year and they are already boiling nicely.

To brighten our efforts we had the bonus of some more purple kale. I expect we’ll be drying more chips soon.

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NaBloPoMo 3/30

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5 comments on “Gardening for Dummies

  1. Helen
    November 3, 2014

    My Jerusalem artichoke flowers have died now. A sign that autumn might finally have arrived?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hilda
    November 4, 2014

    The Jerusalem artichokes are best after a frost – and I have even dug some up in spring which are even better. I look forward to hearing about what you do with them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      November 7, 2014

      We manage to harvest them for some months usually but the frost is evasive at present.

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