Giant Autumn Roundup: Tree Fruit (1)

It’s been a difficult year for stone fruit. The relentless rain followed by near drought seems to have done nice things to some people’s fruit but for me, on a hill, it’s been pretty disastrous. Since we’re going on a virtual tour of the allotment I’ll do this in several sections as we hit each…

Great Autumn Roundup: TomTato/Egg & Chips

I’ll be honest – I don’t think I am the target audience for Tomtato™,  the potato-tomato crossbreed pioneered by Thompson and Morgan. Nevertheless, when I was invited to trial both the Tomtato and the Egg & Chips  (aubergine and potato) I was intrigued. I received two plants of each, which were grown as I suspect most…

Giant Autumn Roundup: Asparagus

My allotment is far from closed for the winter, but going up there yesterday I realised that it’s definitely slowing down. Now is a good time to take stock, take a virtual wander around the plot and be honest about what worked and what didn’t. I’ll do it bit by bit to avoid tedium… The Asparagus was…

Great Autumn Roundup – Blackberry Black Cascade

This was a trial on a new, trailing variety of thornless blackberry, catalogued here. The reasons why they never reached any further than above are also catalogued, but overall, I’ve very pleased with these plants. My allotment pal Paul suggested we save space by hanging them in the strawberry cage. Currently this is working, though…

Giant Autumn Roundup – Strawberries

In their second year, in a dedicated fruit cage that’s pretty much finished, now, made from old estate agent poles, second-hand chicken wire and batons out of a skip. Just one side to go; I hung a net over that side during bird season. I needn’t have bothered, to be honest. The birds showed little…