The job list is still longer than my arm (will it ever be shorter?) and what with the days drawing in and the weather likely to change I doubt I will be spending as much time down the allotment! However, like the trooper I am, I still carry on trying to cross off the jobs on my list!
Order well-rotted manure for the beds from the local farm(have actually done this – it’s coming on the 8th – exciting !!!)
- Tidy up and clean out shed; the shed have actually stayed pretty organise but they need a good sweep out and resident spiders and overwintering egg sacks are to be evicted!
- Erect more water butts; we have room for at least two for each shed and I want to make the most of the rain water.
- Harvest squash and pumpkins; half the squash and pumpkins have been harvested but the other half are still ripening – they should be ready halfway through the month.
- Dig over squash beds and add manure ready for next year!
- Replace weed control membrane on right hand side pathway; the existing membrane has disintegrated and is not doing its job anymore so needs to be pulled up and replaced.
- Replace bark chip at the back of the plot; we have done this at the front of the plot but the layer at the back has gotten quite thin and has started composting down.
- Kill bramble! This bramble is my nemesis – it keeps coming back!
- Add manure to new garlic bed; this needs to be done in time for planting out new garlic and shallot sets
- Dig over old onion bed and add manure; this will be our potato bed next year
- Dig over potato beds and add manure; these will be brassica beds next year. Once manure is added they will be covered and left until next year.
- Really really really need to sort out the strawberry bed! I have to get this job off my to do list – been meaning to do this for three months now and the strawberry bed is just a complete mess!
- Move artichoke into herb garden
- Harvest sweet potatoes
- Clear area for polytunnel (still need to get this done – will probably need to recruit eager young diggers aka Jenny and Adam! Payment in pumpkins!)
I have my fingers crossed that the temperature holds a while longer and we can avoid the frosts until late October/Early November just to give a few of my veggies time to ripen a bit more! October will be a busy month for me!