Jobs for October

The Garden Smallholder

Clocks have gone back, days are drawing in quick and the threat of the first frost looms. Cold biting winds, falling leaves and dreary weather are signalling the end of the gardening year, take a moment to look around you and marvel at October’s autumn colour palette. It sure is beautiful, especially when the sun shines. There are still jobs to be getting on with in the vegetable garden, so don’t put your tools away just yet!

Some jobs for October:

  • Keep picking those courgettes and beans before the first frost arrives
  • Sow green manures
  • Tidy the strawberry bed, pot up stray runners and overwinter in a greenhouse or well-lit shed
  • Make a leaf bin and start collecting fallen leaves to make leaf mould
  • Start planting garlic at the end of the month
  • Harvest and carve pumpkins for Halloween/Samhain celebrations
  • Autumn sow hardy broad beans (Aquaduce Claudia) and peas (Meteor) for an early crop late spring

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Express and Star: The Great-War-Legacy Garden Project.

 

Our local daily newspaper the Express and Star is offering funding for community projects.

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Following a couple of committee meetings we decided to apply, hoping to be selected. The project we put forward reflects this time in history, allotment traditions and expands our community.

Mick Powell, current chairman has been to initial meetings about ways to commemorate the First World War in a local sense. These have been hosted, I believe by the parish council and have included, variously, The Boy’s Brigade, Scouts, Royal British Legion and Cheslyn hay Local History Society.

Our application, discussed at length, was – in a nutshell – to recreate something like a World war One allotment/ and or back garden.

I have since heard that our group, meeting the criteria has been selected.

So please, if you have the Express and Star save the Cash for your Community vouchers that will be printed over the next month and let us have them. Every one will help (the number that we collect will be important in deciding how much funding we get.

We will also need to know more about allotments of the time: what crops were grown and what techniques used.

If you have that information, expertise or any other information we would love to hear from you, so that over a four year period we can build a real living-history site to be proud of.