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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Allotment Tales // Winter Tasks

Although there is nowhere near as much going on down at the allotment as in recent months, there are still tasks to complete, crops to tend and food to pick. 

We still have spinach, kale, cabbage, chard and broccoli growing - they have provided all the greens we need through winter. Last week we also enjoyed a bulb of Florence fennel which added a sweet, aniseed tang to our salads. 

Today we made sure our broad bean seedlings, which we planted in November and are now getting rather large, were tethered to canes to stop them getting damaged by the strong winds and ensure they grow tall and strong.

It is also the time of year for pruning fruit bushes such as raspberries, weeding around any overwintering onions or shallots you may have growing, and clearing and tidying patches for the sowing of seeds over the next couple of months.

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