November is the perfect month for all those odd jobs that needs doing; a lick of paint here, a new compost bay there, plus time spent clearing and preparing the beds fora well earned rest over winter.
I find there is something sad, but also deeply satisfying about getting the beds cleared and tucked under a thick layer of mulch for the Winter.
Its not too late to sow garlic if you haven't already. Garlic needs a long growing season with a good cold spell to encourage bulbs to develop. The same as Tulips, so November is also the month to plant Tulip bulbs for Spring cheeriness.
I aim to have mulched all my beds with a thick layer of compost by November. Some beds are totally cleared then satisfyingly covered with mulch, and some still have plants growing in them like brassicas and leeks that I carefully mulch around by hand.
I see many plots holders vanish the second Summer is over, only to return to their plots in March and wonder how the hell they are going to combat their weedy messy plot!
My tip to you is do not neglect your plot over the Winter months. It is the perfect time to just keep a hoe running through the beds as unwanted plants pop up. Weed the paths, repair any infrastructure, get everything in tip-top shape ready to hit the ground running the second Spring arrives.
However, a note on neatness: beneficial bugs, toads, birds, even hedgehogs will exit your allotment toot sweet if it is too neat. Leave a corner or two to their own devices or build some dedicated bug houses - the rewards will be worth it.
Pigeons will start to get hungry this time of year and they can devastate a whole crop brassicas and you do not want to lose the promise of your own purple sprouting broccoli to the greedy birds.
I either loosely net mine by draping a green net over bamboo canes with upturned bottles on them, weighted down with stones or string a load of old CDs hanging down dangling in the breeze - the pigeons hate shiny stuff flashing at them.