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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.

But weirdly you don’t expect to see this.


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.


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?

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.


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.


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.


NaBloPoMo 3/30


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?

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  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.

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    • lizard100
      November 7, 2014

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


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