Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Autumn tidying at the allotment

running through the allotmentThe allotment is now a weekend visit, no more evening trips as the night is ever drawing in earlier and earlier. No more evenings sat on the tool trunk listening to the blackbirds or nodding heads at fellow allotment holders digging across the raspberries and bean poles. No more gazing at the hot air balloon that puffed its way across the allotment sky and gave rise to the most ridiculous chase across town to see where it landed..... hot air balloon at dusk autumn raspberriesWeekends can be a rush. After the autism club, the family visits, the shopping and the household work, there is barely enough time to visit the allotment. Plus the thought of all the digging over and moving bag upon bag of weeds to the council tip does not enthuse us. The lack of produce on the plot is a disappointment, no promise of beans or pumpkin patches to send me rushing there - we need to pull our allotment socks up next year. tap But still, we go and we dig and there is pleasure to be taken from looking at what our more prepared plot neighbours have grown and tended to; the huge orange Cinderella pumpkins and flourishing runner beans and I know that next year will be our year. DB is keen now to clear the plot and start the fixing jobs - the vine arch that is in a heap, building raised beds and sorting the shed out. This winter I am going to plan. No more growing crops I do not like and lots more heritage vegetables with their different colours and characterful appearance. Hopefully next year there will also be a pumpkin patch full of wonderful varieties - squashes such as Turks Turban and the blue skinned Crown Prince.  autumn allotment BlackberriesDespite our apathy, this feeling has not transferred to Little Bird whose excitement starts as soon as we turn by the town church and cross over the humped back railway bridge. Little legs kick with excitement into the back of my car seat and when we pull up, shiny navy Wellington boots jump out and away down the grassy paths. He's still feeling the joy with the blackbird, both chirping in their own fashion and bobbing along past nettles and clumps of nasturtiums. beans growing allotment town boundaries
The allotment is a good reminder of how far LB has come and how much he has grown. Not a toddler now but a boy who can manage to have fun here and not run off too much, to listen and come back when we call and not stray off onto other plots. I am filled with hope; he will tend to his own little patch and dig with a little trowel, lug a watering can across the plot and learn about the soil and the creatures that inhabit it. I will be his teacher.growing tomatoes blackberries sweet peas We secretly had an admiring look around the other allotment plots, the tidy ones with people still there busying away and lots of the ground still full of crops like beans and autumn fruiting raspberries, even sweet peas merrily climbing metal poles. Bountiful harvest gifts. Perfect and pretty, hard to believe that it is autumn as the sun shone.large pumpkin Pumpkins found nestling under weeds and vines led to triumphant shouts from me - 'come see, come see'  These curious fruits, the smell so divine. Some smooth, some warty. I found one on my own plot, I'd thought it was going to be a summer squash but the skin had slowly turned from green to orange and there he sat. Beaming, waiting to be picked.
Pie, syrup, juice, curry, cheesecake, roasted, spiced, blended into soup. Endless possibilities for the best allotment treasure you can find. 
allotment exploring

11 comments:

Redpeffer said...

We've just got our plot. Not the ideal time of year, but nonetheless I am looking forward to some Spring and Summer evenings down there. Both children are thoroughly excited by the prospect too-that's enough to to spur me on if ever I needed it. Your plot looks amazing.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful post!

sabrina montagnoli said...

Glad you are persevering sounds like a worthy cause and hope next year is more fruitful. Great your wee man is enjoying it too and hope he gets into it too, such great learning.

Ness said...

I really must tidy up our greenhouse before the weather get really cold. Your son seems so happy there so I hope you managed to make time to get there together.

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Gorgeous post, I love the way you talk about your plot and your plans, and about how much Little Bird enjoys it there x #HDYGG

Gemma Garner said...

Loved this post a lot. Nice to see some sweet peas still flowering on other peoples plots and your son looks like he enjoys being outdoors :) I really need to get my name down for allotment space!!

Merlinda Little said...

Pretty photos! Everything is still in bloom and still look summery! #hdygg

dorissander said...

how delightful to hear of your little one enjoying the garden path so much.

Stephanie Robinson said...

Love that shot of the hot air balloon, and it sounds a great plan to give your little one his own space to grow things.

Emma @ Tales of a Greenwood said...

Your plot still looks really great and the sweet peas are so pretty. I have said next year I will only grow things that I like, not what is expected that we will grow, as we have only had our plot a few weeks, I can't wait for next year and been at the plot late into the evening

Manneskjur said...

Ah that top shot made me grin form ear to ear!
I don't think you are alone in your Autumnal apathy, although there's still lots to do and a little to grow it does feel like the best of the year is behind us- as soon as the evening gets dark I flip to slow cooking stews and chopping firewood mode.
It certainly feels like there's a lot of garden tidying to do here and I just know I should be planting bulbs or I'll be kicking myself come Spring!

Sorry for the late commenting but we got back form holiday Friday and Kitty came down with a temperature and cold (the irony) and I have been on cuddle duty ever since x

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