Sunday 20 November 2011

A long awaited update.........

So it's been a while but I am finally giving you a little update...and it will be little as there really isn't much happening down the allotment now the colder weather has arrived!!

Firstly above and below we have these didn't actually grow on the allotment but in the garden lawn and weren't picked for eating as I am quite apprehensive about mushrooms and as to weather or not they will do us any harm if eaten so the lawn was cleared of them but they are quite nice looking...could anyone identify them??

We went down the allotment to do a little bit of tidying...collect the last of the ripe tomatoes and to do a little rubbish burning...that's right we are once again allowed to burn, but only in an incinerator bin and only rubbish off the plot which I am perfectly happy means I know longer have to ferry any rubbish that can't be composted back home to the bin...and it keeps you warm on these cooler days too!!

Above..the incinerator...£10 from Wilkinsons!!

I also finally got the blackberry bushes moved to their new location behind the shed where they can go wild and hopefully keep a few of the weeds down back there to. Membrane has gone down round them and some gravel placed on top so this area is once again starting to look likes it belongs to me...I will take some pics. when I next visit the allotment!

And finally above and below the kids having some fun with the rubbish before we had to burn can't beat the fresh country air to put smiles on their faces!!

Well that's about all there is to tell for now. I have missed a couple of weather updates but there wasn't much to share anyway. Still not much rain to speak of which is making working on the allotment still quite pleasant though a few days have been very overcast and miserable looking!

The trees have just about shed all their leaves now which i am quite happy about as although I hate the barren look of winter...I hate having to sweep the leaves continually. Temperatures have been quite mild though I did wake this morning to thick, freezing fog so maybe all that is about to change?!?!?!



  1. My mums back lawn has mushrooms in. They looked a bit like oyster mushrooms! My advice is always 'don't eat if you don't know' so they're still there in the lawn!
    That's a bargain incinerator! Will have to take a trip to Wilkinsons and see what they have here!

    Last time we went we got some really cheap trays for tomatoes in the greenhouse! Bargains!

  2. I'm with you over leaving fungi other than that bought in a shop well alone!

    I have still to prune our blackberry one of my yearly worst allotment jobs!

  3. I can't help with the identification; while I find mushrooms fascinating to look at they are never food in my mind.

    Well done on still getting out to the allotment! We had our first snow yesterday.

  4. I have mushrooms popping up all over my lawn too. I wouldn't trust myself to identify them correctly so I wouldn't attempt to eat them. Nice to see the kids having fun without a computer or gadget in sight.

  5. I don't know a thing about mushrooms so unless they come from the grocery store I don't touch them.
    That's a rather interesting looking incinerator.

  6. I think the general rule with mushrooms is to assume that any you find are poisonous. I like the incinerator. when the leaves all fell off the trees around here I thought I was going to have to rake them up. But then they all blew away only a day later. there are still some here and there, but I won't be doing any raking.

  7. I'm in agreement with the others: mushroom identification is an art and it's better to just dispose of any mushrooms that you aren't entirely confident about. In France you can take them to a pharmacy and the pharmacist will identify them for you, but I wouldn't try taking them into Boots for the same service!

  8. Diana..thanks for visiting and commenting...I totally agree on the mushrooms..hope you got an incinerator.

    G.L.A., I don't prune my blackberries, they are only young yet but I hadn't ever planned on doing it...should I?

    Tpals...thanks for stopping by...still no snow for us thankfully!

    Jo, I do love the fact that my kids will come and get some fresh air away from the consoles...sometimes it's even

    Ann...don't you have incinerators like this??

    Ratty, I love to see the autumn colours but hate the mess the leaves make...the only good thing about the wind is that it blows them away!

    Mal...I was impressed!!

    The Allotment blogger...that an interesting thing to learn about France...but no I can't imagine anyone in ANY pharmacy in England being able to help.

  9. The blackberries will just become smaller and wilder if you don't prune. You need to cut out all the branches that have fruited and keep the new branches or at least some of them.


keep it clean...keep it relevant...I look forward to reading your comments!!