28th October - Stopped raining at last!!! The ground is surprisingly workable, which I think shows how much organic matter has gone into it over the years. The natural soil here is heavy alluvial clay, underlain by a gravel pan, but,
now it is less sticky, and much better draining... thank goodness. The clear skies meant the first real frost overnight, with everything white this morning
At the moment I am juggling between preparing the plot for cropping through the Winter and into
the Spring, whilst also "resting" some beds under their Wnter blanket of compost or manure, topped by heavy black plastic (Yes, plastic... been using the same pieces for over ten years now, with plenty of years left in these too, so far from "single use".
I am also deep into redecoratig mode at home, with its accompanying decluttering, which I am really enjoying. The rainy weather allowed me to get a head start indoors, without having to sacrifice useful plot time. All good
At this time in the year,
with the weather getting colder and the daylight hours shorter, harvests are changing with the season
Harvest Monday begins with an unexpected selection of little crops:
Green Aubergines: I was given two plants by a Nepalese neighbour, and they were very slow indeed to get going, and in the end I stopped looking to see if any flowers had turned into ruits. Today when
I was clearing up, I spotted two very small skinny ones. Theyare obviously not such robust customers as the Moneymakers for sure!
Then there were some French Beans, just three mind. I can't complain
though as the plants have produced masses of crisp pods over the Summer, and one more Courgette too. I cannot see any further female flower buds developing, but I am leaving the plant in for now, as there
are Oca plants growing around the through it and I don't want to disturb them... not time to investigate yet
And the ridiculous total crop of Sweet Potatoes. Yes, this really is all of them. I shall
not trying again, as there are so many more productive uses for that precious growing space