25 10 14 into the garden,for it's autumn cutting back digging over,and planting.lots of cutting back going on today,and it really did make a difference to the borders.allowing air to get in and light.and just as important, lots of garden waste for the compost heap.I cut back some of the late flowering chrysanthemums, which had grown a bit lanky,but the effect was immediate, and there should be plenty more flowers. Today, whilst shopping I saw two wonderful purple coloured chrysanthemums, and the lady there told me that they were down to half price! So I raced back to get a white one,but somebody got their hands on it.so I planted them in the border,gave them a good drink,and they look great.slowly the borders are being taken over by autumn flowering chrysanthemums! What bliss!tommrow, I shall do more autumn work in the borders,and check on the allotment, to see if there is anymore Brussels sprouts,and leeks.these are the rewards of growing your own.there's nothing quite like it 

23 10 14 the front bed.a big clear out,was the order of the day.digging up the old Dahlia's and putting the stems into the compost bag,I cut down the stems,the tuber's were turned upside down to dry them of for drying off.the ground was then turned over,leaves collected and placed into the compost bag.I also planted three kg's of reduced narcissis,sented.a good bargin really good sized bulbs.planted wall flowers in bronze,and red good autumn colours.I have also cut back a few orange chrysanthemums, these are for the house.I have bought two packs of reduced chrysanthemums replotted them,then put them into the garden.they are now starting to bud.you cannot beat a horticultural bargain.scan the garden nursery's I do,and you never know what you might find.

Octobzer at the allotment

Well,over the weekend I was hoeing at the allotment,and I planted three lots of onions,collected the years first Brussels sprouts,four good sized leeks,ideal for home made soup.I pulled up a few borage plants,mainly to make room for more vegetables, and also to add fuel to the compost heap.talking of that,I've added another compost heap,so I can fine tune the first one,and add bulk to the new one.I have dug up the runner beans,and the broad beans that I planted a few weeks ago,are showing themselves. The great thing about hoeing,is that the results are immediate, and very satisfying. Its a real labour of love for me.the curly kale that I have grown from seed,have been the best ever.I have had a lot.at home in the garden,I have collected thistle seeds,and I have down them.I shall wait to see what happens. Also,a lot of hollyhocks, a great cottage garden plant,which no garden,should be without. My favourite autumn flower,the chrysanthemum, in bronze pink,and salmon is really coming into its own.

October at the allotment 22 10 14

Well,I have two trays of cabbages to plant,that I have been very kindly given.the wind playing havoc, when I used netting to keep the bird's from feasting on them.how ironic that the job,that should in theory, be the quickest, takes the longest. But having done that its a job well done.now on to the strawberries, a new collection of them,freshly planted.around the raspberries, and blackberries. The wind has knocked over the Brussels sprouts, but thankfully, not up rooted them.whatever's left at home in the winter planting bulb sessions, I'm going to plant on our allotment. To be used for cut flowers.lots of tulips, and daffodils. Pulled up a few runner beans from the garden,our latest one's ever,primula's starting to flower now 

12 10 14 well the last few visits to the allotment have been about cutting back and digging, and hoeing,and weeding.collecting the last of the runner beans,pulling up and cutting back borage and comfrey.plus getting tough with the raspberry plants cutting right back.today I planted two types of garlic, and added two wheelbarrows full of our own organic compost.I was almost,almost tempted to pick the first Brussels Sprout's, but thought better of it .we have also have lots of really good sized leeks,ideal for home made soup.I have left out all the pumpkins, and squash to harden of for the winter.again these,will make great soup.the butternut were lacking in size,but on the other hand, there were lots of them.today I have started another compost heap.I was really happy about this,and now I have to find time and room to plant,three more onion sets ! I'm hoping for plenty more mild days

25 08 14 hi,well to recap what I have done the last week or so, allotment wise.cut right back,the raspberry canes one of those jobs that I didn't do last year.cut right back all the borage and comfrey, the compost heap will really benefit from that.removed all the old strawberries,I'm going for all new plants for next year.iv had a really good clear out,and there is a lot more room to work with.in the garden,our sunflowers are doing really well,unlike the asters,where only a few have come through. so next year I shall plant a lot more,but with more care for where and how I plant them.

19 10 14 allotment work,well at long last,I have managed to get here,and get to work.weeding, and hoeing has been the order of the day.there's a great feeling of contentment, when hoeing cutting through the weeds,and the results are there for all to see.I have set up another compost heap,allowing the other one,to completely rot down.so now I can fine tune it,if I need it back up,in the garden.I decided to dig up the runner beans,to allow room for the onions. I dug up four leeks,wonderful for home made soup.and added to the harvest,the first Brussels sprouts of the year.I have pulled up,lots of borage, the reason being,to add to the compost heap,and to make way for more vegetables. Yesterday, which now,would be Sunday I planted three onion sets.digging and hoeing up a good section of the allotment. And best of all,I'm on holiday! I just hope that the gardening gods,give me lots of late summer, early sunshine.

hello fellow gardeners.this is a new gardening page,from me.well I'm making progress in becoming a full-time, full on organic gardener.bought up on a horticultural diet the good life,Geoff Hamilton,Monty don,and my parents.I have quite a few gardening jobs,but alas not enough to make a living, but never say never. I'm working on it.people keep telling me to take the plunge,so I'm getting ready.growing,selling, and making my own organic compost.I'm gardening mad.today the asters are showing their lovely flowers,which is a big relief, as a lot of them have been attacked. I have also cut back the sunflowers, using them for cut flowers in the house.they do look great, adding a cottage garden feel to the house.as I have said before thank you to the lovely ladies of thirsk Methodist church for a great conversation, and lovely cakes.now I'm going to draw out the summer flowering, then prepare the garden for autumn flowering, and planting.