I've been remiss in not posting in September, despite it being the main harvest time. The reason partly is that I have been busy putting up the fence to replace the Leylandii hedge. I'm quite pleased with the result.
I have been able to do some other work.
Sowing: coriander (for indoor growing through winter). Winter lettuce (my dad gave me some).
Planting: strawberries (I decided to get the new plants I propagated into their final spots before winter set in)
Harvesting: apples (lots of them!), raspberries, turnips, beetroot, Borlotti beans, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, aubergines, tomatoes, peppers and runner beans.
Yes, runner beans in mid October! Here's the proof.
The aubergines have had a growth spurt just to prove me wrong when I thought I wouldn't get any. Mind you three plants did not produce any fruit, so only a partial success.
And there are some more on the plants.
The chillis are also latecomers. These are the usual cayenne peppers I grow.
These are Bolivian rainbow, given to me by a work colleague who is a keen chilli grower.
The greenhouse is also producing the peppers finally and there are still plenty of tomatoes. Despite my concerns that they are not Gardener's delight, they have a delicious taste.
The Swiss chard has grown very fast in just over a month.
These are just some of the apples. A good harvest.
And seven pumpkins for Halloween and pies.
Finally, this is the very large heap of hedge shreddings and grass mowings that will make some lovely compost next year. Yes, you read correct, grass mowings! I'm still mowing the lawn in October.
The compost makes the soil go much darker and I'm really impressed with how it is transforming the clay soil.
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