The harvest is in and it’s time to plan for next year. My SOS usually features the garden but there has been some action on the veg patch this year. Onions: fail. Dwarf green beans: not bad. Carrots: a handful. Tomatoes: slow to ripen but the outdoor ones have done well and no blight! Strawberries: better than last year. New potatoes: not many. Courgettes: just enough. Each year the list of what to grow gets smaller. No more leeks for me, no more swede and no broccoli, psb or otherwise. I had a go at red cabbage again this year and the slugs have stripped every last leaf from all six of my seedlings. That could be a last outing for cabbage. Enough words, time for some photos.
The tomatoes have been cropping steadily for a few weeks now. Oh so slow to get going and nearly at their end now. These are for the weekend. It feels like the green ones will have to come in next week. Temperatures in the greenhouse were down to six degrees last night.
Parsnips were always so easy to grow on my allotment but the seeds struggle to germinate in this garden. This year I managed to get three into leaf. I will persevere with parsnips next year because there is nothing like a home grown roasted parsnip.
These are Pink Fir Apple potatoes, another great favourite and the crop wasn’t too bad. Last night they were cooked jacket potato style and Sunday night they will be roasted as wedges.
I have two patches sown with Green Manure this year. Both sown in September. They will stay in the ground until November. My plan is to dig them in just as the manure for feeding the veg plot arrives.
Carrots. WilI I, won’t I grow again. These are Nantes, they have a fantastic carrot smell and taste very good too, so on balance I will grow again. Perhaps I will sow later in the season so that they are ready for eating now. The danger is that the slugs start nibbling away at them underground.
This is as far as the melon got. I tried hand pollinating this year to get some to grow before the bees arrived to their job. It was not successful. I am going to accept that my greenhouse, which is in shade until the afternoon, is not the best place for melons to grow.
I have been released from furniture moving duties for the day, so there is a chance for some gardening to take place. The winds of yesterday once again blew my neighbours fence down, the third time this year! My very tall asters have a distinct lean and I feel a strong urge to dig them up and have done with them. They are just too tall. Other SOSers will be making plans for their garden this weekend so drop by the Prop’s place to discover more. Time for us all to enjoy Autumn.