Food share lunch on Sunday 2nd December

A sunny day is forecast for Sunday so come to the allotment to see how your plot is faring or even to work on it.  Then stay for the food-share lunch at 1pm.  If the sun really is out it might be warm enough to eat outside.  Bring a dish to share, made from allotment produce if you can.  There’s spinach, Swiss chard and kale still producing fresh shoots, parsnips and Jerusalem artichokes ready for digging and for some, even more exotic vegetable to pick, as the photo of Christine holding her romanesco broccoli shows. 

Detail showing fractal structure

I’m going to use one of my precious stored pumpkins and make soup to bring.  And, if you’re warm enough to stay a while after we’ve eaten, bring something that’s caught your eye to read aloud.





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Two more seasonal recipes for the GO2 collection.

Both are puds – one is Transparent Apple Tart and the other is Eliza Acton’s Christmas Pudding from 1845.

The eagle-eyed (that is, you!) will spot that the whole fruit in the apple pud pic are actually quinces, but they look so lovely that I couldn’t resist including them…allegedly the apples that tempted Eve in the first place…


What to sow or plant now

If you haven’t yet planted garlic or sown broad beans there is still time.  Collect them from the big shed on Sunday.

Click picture to see our lettuce factfile


Also, if you have an odd corner free, plant some lettuces, available from the polytunnel.  The tiny plants won’t grow much over the winter; they might succumb to frost, be eaten by slugs or get trampled by foxes but, if they survive, when the days start to lengthen in the spring they’ll start to grow and you could be the first to have tender salad leaves to enjoy.


Click picture to see our rhubarb factfile

There are rhubarb crowns available for planting now; they’re under the apple tree by the greenhouse.  Make sure the crown you choose has an ‘eye’, or a large bud that will provide next year’s shoots.  Prepare the ground well, incorporating manure or compost into the soil.  Dig out a hole slightly larger than the crown and place it in the hole with the roots facing downwards.  The top of the crown should be 2.5cm below the soil surface.  Mark where the crown has been planted with a cane or stone; new shoots will appear above the soil in late February or March.  Once planted you’ll need to leave it for a year or two but once established it’ll continue producing for many years.