Today was the first chance after the December snows and frosts to check the allotment for progress and damage.
Broad beans: last year, my beans survived the snows thaks to plastic cloches. This winter I neglected to cover what were twelve healthy plants. They’ve taken a bit of beating though some should survive if we can avoid further snow. Just in case, I planted another twelve seeds – an impulse buy, but just 79p.
Onions: the brown onions – Sprint variety – have weathered well. Some of them we’re sitting under a netted cloche. They look better than the rest. Onions and other aliums will shut down in cold weather, but thanks to early planting (early October) they had a good start before the frosts set in.
I’ve got some Red Baron planted too though these are last year’s failures. I wasn’t expecting much. Some have kicked on a bit, but the local mouse has dug up most of them. Yet again, not having much success with red onions.
Garlic: like the onions, these had a couple of months growth in mild autumn conditions before Jack Frost made an appearance. One or two bulbs have attracted mice, but nothing fatal.
Cabbage: I’ve still got half a dozen healthy cabbages under netting. They have formed their hearts so I’ll keep them protected from the birds until they get a bit bigger.
Elsewhere, there’s a hundred and one jobs to be done. Digging being numbers one to 99.
Back home, I bagged up some homemade compost. I’ve also got a small bag of wood ash from the fire which I’ll use on the potato bed.
Great to get a fine day in January to tick off a few outdoor jobs.