I have had my wish – the day started nice and sunny again so straight after breakfast I went down to my allotment. I had a plan but that by itself doesn’t always mean that I will follow it. I usually start one job and from the corner of my eye I see something so I see to that and don’t finish the first task. Not today though.
The large Asian pear didn’t have much fruit this year but it gave me loads of golden leaves.
I have made a chicken wire enclosure for making leaf mould so I have swept all the leaves and put them there. It is quite full now but come the spring it will shrink down .
Next on my list of things to do today was to weed the little net cage I made a number of years ago. My friends were getting rid of their trampoline and offered me the stand. Excellent to make a frame for a net cage. Use the two halves, put some sturdy canes or tubes in the make it higher, attach some horizontal wood, cover with a green scaffolding netting and a cage is done. Make do and mend – the best way to add structures.
Some time later it all looks much better. I have just got blackcurrants there, the birds can’t get at them.
This was on the list of things to do but I had some time left so I managed to clear the narrow strip of land beside this cage, it will be ready for the sunflowers next year. They can have extra support sitting just beside the cage.
This is the best part of autumn gardening – recycling as much as possible. I had a lot of leaves on my path from the Asian pear. I waited till all of them were on the ground and then I was going to put them into the wire enclosure I made last year. The old leaves there have almost disappeared. This didn’t take very long so I continued with the second part of my plan.
On my way from home to the allotment I walk through an alleyway beside the local primary school. It is always covered with a mix of different leaves. Each year I think that it would be a great addition to my leafmould pile but never do anything about it. Until this year. It took most of the morning and about six trips with a large sack full of leaves but I think it is well worth it.
I have got a lovely pile of leaves to compost and in a couple of years I will have something to add to my raised beds in the greenhouses.
At last, Saturday was a nice day and so was today. A bit colder but dry!
On Saturday I made my little enclosure for the leaf mould – very simple, four long pieces of wood for the corners and a piece of chicken mesh all around. Pinned to the ground and fixed to the posts, then filled with the leaves I collected from the allotment and the back garden. I will just keep filling it up and leave it for as long as I can.
Today, on Sunday, I was spending some time in the kitchen. First of all I had to cook the beetroot so I could pickle it and then, as an afterthought, made some pickled eggs. I love pickled eggs but always forget to make them. All is well now.