We had the final crops of:
Calabrese: now blanched and frozen. We have had really good crops this year, and the planning for succession seems to have been a success
Cucumbers: This year we grew Zeina, which are slightly smaller than last year's Divas, and less prolific too. We have still had quite a lot, but had four plants rather than three as last year. I'll be sowing Diva in the Spring
I think. One small Telegraph was lurking in the greenhouse at home, to join the Zeinas in the jar
Dill: Self sown plants have provided not only plenty of fragrant flower heads and foliage, but two
jarsful of dried seeds too. Excellent crop
Courgettes: The outdoor plants have now been taken out, as they were on their last legs. However, this is not really a total "last crop" as that Parthenon
in the polytunnel is still flowering its socks off. I had to cut off quite a lot of leaves which had developed mildew resulting from drier conditionsin my absence, but there are still several small fruits growing: looking good
I thought we would have seen the end of the tomatoes, but the single Apero plant left in the polytunnel was covered in tiny ripe fruit, and there were some Crimson Crush remaining outside, which were ready to pick. As well as these, there were three trays
of tomatoes picked a week ago whilst still green that had rapidly ripened while I was away. More roasted tomatoes are now in the freezer. This really will be the final lot this year! We have had an amazing crop this year, that will contiue to be appreciated
through the cold months
Pears: Just a few still hanging on the trees, ripe enough to eat. How did we miss these before? They do taste luscious though.
Squash; Now that the night times are cold, verging on frosty, it is time to bring the whole squash crop home. There were some smaller ones still lurking amongst the fading leaves, including this perfect-looking one.