Earlier on in the year you may remember me telling you I was going to try to grow sweet potatoes from slips I’d chitted from a tuber.

It was quite an interesting experiment and as you can see from my photograph they ‘sort of' grew. I thought I’d dig them up just to see how big they would get in one growing season.

Well, they weren’t massive. So the question is, do I pot them back up and leave them for another year?

You get lots of these tips about growing food from scraps on Facebook or Pinterest, you have to just step back and think about it.

Is it worth the huge investment of time and space in a busy greenhouse? Is it worth a spot on a crowded window ledge in spring when your busting to use every millimetre of space?

Well, these poor guys haven’t cut the mustard for me. But if you’re after an interesting foliage plant why not give it a try?

That’s my way of being diplomatic.

My wonderful dad has given me a weather warning of a storm heading our way, strong winds and heavy rain.

So before you leave the allotment this weekend, check all the panes on the green house, make sure stakes on your fruit trees are nice and secure.

In fact make sure everything is battened down.

There’s nothing more annoying than losing the lid from your plastic compost bin, you never ever find them again. They are like the allotment version of the missing sock.

My allotment to do list:

n If you have a pond make sure you remove any leaves which have fallen in and put a few footballs in it to float around, to help it totally freezing over, once winter kicks in.

n Leeks are getting ready to be harvested now, so pull up every other one when you need them and leave the others to grow on.

n If you still haven’t planted your garlic, get your skates on. If your soil is slow to drain add a couple of centimetres of sharp sand to the bottom of the planting holes to help drainage and stop the cloves from rotting.

If you have an allotment query, email: vixlot@outlook.com