17th September - I love this time in the year, with mellow days and cooler nights, dew sparkling on the grass in the morning and glorious sunsets. However, mostly it is head-down time, harvesting, clearing beds, filling the compost
bins and planting out new crops.
I made good headway this week, sowing Perpetual Spinach, Mustard Greens, Mooli and an overwintering Onion, one called Hi-Keeper. These are all in the polytunnel, and some are showing their heads already. A row
of Mooli seedlings, just perfectly formed, is full of promise.
Harvests though are moving on from kilos of tomatoes: here are our Harvest Monday offering this week.
First up are Winter Squashes again, as some others are mature enough to cut now: Musque de Provence, is an heirloom variety from France, new to us, grown from a plant given to us by our Son-in-Law. The
skin will ripen to a deep browny-orange colour, and I am looking forward to tasting it in two or three months' time when it is fully ripe. Thank you MIchael
He also gave us a plant grown from a packet of seeds marked Rugosa Butternut, that has origins
in Italy. This is supposed to be a ridged squash with that traditional Butternut shape and golden colour.... hmmmmm. In fact, from this packet came plants bearing squashes of all sorts of shapes and colours. I hope this enormous beast has a flavour to match