There are still vegetables to harvest, the Chard, Cabbage and Broccoli are still looking good and will no doubt make their way into a few soups, or onto the plate with a winter stew. This year I have grown cauliflower for the first time, the Romanesco variety. Cauliflower has become the vegetable of the season, its been like finding an old friend, whether served with a cheese sauce in a gratin, or in a curry, it has become ever present in our diet. The Jerusalem artichokes are also waiting patiently in the ground and will come into their own as the cold sets in, providing an alternative to the ubiquitous potato.
After the festive month, January is time for a new start, a fresh approach. The seed catalogues have started to drop through the door and I’ve started to form a list of potential seeds to grow next year. By the end of the month I hope to have ordered and started chitting my seed potatoes, finalised the seed purchases for the new year, and I think I might start to sow a few peas and broad beans in the relative warmth of the greenhouse.
The cold and wet weather ahead, means the jobs at the allotment will probably be limited to sorting and tidying. Both the shed and the greenhouse need a good sort out, and the whole plot has developed a bit of a scruffy look as the weather and different commitments have conspired to limit my time at the allotment. Still, a new start in January means a chance to rework my time to ensure the plot is shipshape for the anticipation of the growing season.
This post is contributing to The Garden Share Collective; an international group of bloggers who share their vegetable patches, container gardens and the herbs they grow on their window sills.
Seed shopping is the best kind of shopping, so many possibilities to look forward to 🙂 My garden shed needs some attention always, it is a bit of a mess all the time. The great thing about the cooler months is that the garden can be let go a little and it does not turn into an unmanageable mess. Happy gardening.
I can only dream of growing cauliflower, one day I will give it a go when I think it is going to be cold enough. I too am currently perusing seed catalogs getting ready for the cooler months. Happy New Year.
I’m not sure my cauliflower will ever be amazingly large, but as its a first time I’m chuffed its growing well. Never thought about the advantages of a cold climate before, suppose there are some. Good garlic and parsnips need cold.