The Changing Seasons ~ November 2020


I could swear it was only yesterday I was compiling October’s Changing Seasons post. Fascinating how time flies under lockdown and loss of civil liberties. Still, here on the Edge things are peaceable if rain-sodden, though we have been blessed with some perfect-sun interludes.

On rain-free days my gardening mind has mostly been on leaf collecting. This year the field maple and oak have been delivering double servings on the lane beside the allotment so I don’t have far to go to fetch them. I have created various ad hoc silos out of wire to store them, and this method does seem to speed up decomposition. Though adding some comfrey leaves and grass cuttings also helps. Anyway, already by September last autumn’s leaf stores had yielded sufficient quantities of chocolatey compost to give the summer raspberries a good, deep mulching.

There is also much tidying to be done on the allotment plots – taking down the bean poles, turning compost heaps, netting winter greens against pigeon attack. There’s still been lots to pick on the outside beds – beetroot, carrots, leeks, some chard and perennial spinach. The polytunnel goes on producing too. I took out the last of the tomato plants this week. As each plant finished I’ve been using the space for spinach, lettuce, kohl rabi, Russian kale and cauliflower seedlings. At the moment they are still growing, and I even had to remove some highly unseasonal caterpillars. I also have a very impressive bed of coriander, and some Chinese mustard greens. How they will all over-winter is a matter of waiting and seeing, but at the moment there’s plenty to make a good green salad. Lots to be happy about.


The Changing Seasons: November 2020

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34 thoughts on “The Changing Seasons ~ November 2020

    1. The leaves are definitely worth saving. People do use plastic bin bags, which can work, but a) are horrid and horrid to store and b) in my experience you can end up with a very gunky mess by the end of the year if the bag splits. I used some ‘bespoke’ jute leaf sacks last year, but they seemed to rot more quickly than the leaves. My best ‘silo’ in terms of swift decomposition, and least obtrusive ‘look’ was made out of a doubled roll of plain old chicken wire pinned to the ground with small tent pegs. You can fold over the top to stop the leaves blowing out!

  1. I love the header change, too, and the photo right below it as well…although as usual I enjoyed all the photos and the delicious words that accompanied them. I agree that it’s amazing how quickly a year goes despite not being able to do much of anything we usually do. Strange.


  2. ”The lane by the allotment.”
    Beautiful photo. Sounds like the title of story someone such as Virginia Woolf might write – or you!

    Much of my abundant and verdant veggies ”got religion” last night – all hol(ey after being battered by hail.
    Who would have guessed after a day in the mid 20s?
    Highveld storms still catch me out even after all this time.
    I think I’ll have to put many of the veggies under a covering of sorts next season.

    Hmm….I wonder what you are contemplating in your new header?

    Soon be Christmas. Guess what ‘the bakery” is already turning out! 🙂

    1. Oh dear. Holey veg. That’s so disappointing, Ark. African hail is truly a force to be reckoned with. I suppose some sort of mesh cloche would protect, unless of course the hail squashed the mesh.

      As to contemplations in my header – wondering when I’m going to get back to writing might be one burning topic.

      And the bakery production – mince pies?

      1. It’s a lesson learnt. There will have to be a new strategy in the new season.
        Mesh will definitely be on the cards!

        I can fully empathise with your writing dilemma.
        Since the tragedy involving my publisher’s husband and her subsequent flight and relocation to Ireland the wind was knocked out of the writing sails somewhat.
        But like many art forms, at least we have the satisfaction of having created something that will endure for a while. 🙂

      2. I can well understand the reverberations of that tragedy. Also we often don’t give ourselves credit for how long it can take to ‘process’ shock events.

      3. Oh … the baking. Believe it or not, it was a large order of Christmassy – style gingerbread men, and similarly attired cupcakes. Xmas office dos start earlier and earlier every year!
        I presume Covid is playing its part?

  3. I like the new header photo but am I the only one who finds the text too pale?
    And I envy your veg growing skills. All sounds very tasty up on your allotment, but I know this all comes with a lot of hard work. I found a little hairy caterpillar this weekend as I was clearing up. I moved him to some nettles though I didn’t consult him whether they were his favourite food!

    1. You’re right, Jude. The sub-heading is too pale. I can’t find a way to change it with the Tonal theme. I don’t even know why it’s that colour in the first place. You were very kind to the caterpillar 🙂

    1. Thanks on all fronts, Becky. I have to say when the sun is out, as it is here just now, the surroundings do indeed look glorious. My crab apple tree is in full belisha beacon mode.

  4. Still very productive Tish, despite being the end of yourgrowing season. I like the leaf tower, great idea, and your new contemplative look in the heading is a very productive look…I like it.

      1. Tropical leaves are almost impossible to break down, but I do have some other leaves that I collect. I used to run the mower over them, but now only have push mower for our tiny piece of grass and that is way too hard… hope you have a happy Christmas

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