At Home This Week:
In the kitchen, apple muffins, mooli stuffed parathas and some sweer red pepper relish have appeared, far from the recent lareg quantities of things
in jars.... life is slowing down on all fronts, including of course, preserving of Summer crops. No Chilli Jelly as the chillies are not quite ready, and no Nasturtium Pesto as the leaves collapsed in the low night time temperatures, just bordering on a frost.
Pears are awaiting still, in the fridge!
I haven't spent all that much time at home this week, during daylught hours, but I have managed to cut back the ever-encroaching brambles along sode the green house, right back to the fence. It was so dark in
the greenhouse with them all over the roof, I felt slightly guilty about the one occupant, a ginger plant. It certainly feels good to have that job done, as it is one I really, really dread. I also took off all the moss that had grown on the glass alongside
the roof bars, and cleaned the guttering. After all the rain recently, the glass didn't need a clean, which was at least one good thing, and the outside of the greenhouse is ready now for the Winter (Just the inside to go!)
The renovation of the
sundial bed, has also started, with digging out a large clump of that apricot Crocosmia. There is more to go of course, but as I was taking plants from the plot to my daughter's house, it seemed a good idea to take these at the same time. I came home with
all sorts of goodies, including some small flowered red type of gladioli, which will soon find a home!
There are not too many carry-over's from last week's Jobs List, just really the Pears to bottle, the Cauliflower seed to sow and the Onion
sets, Garlic and Shallots to plant
Other Jobs This Week:
- Get the greenhouse ready for Winter: remove shading net, launder and put it away; prune the grapevine, take out remains of Tomato and Aubergine plants
to compost; clean the inside of the glass and staging, put up bubble film insulation; move the French Tarragon plants (potted up from the polytunnel) into there; check the heater works
- Start to wash pots and trays and put them away
- Get the Citrus trees ready to come indoors for the Winter: wash out trays, top up compost if required and take off any dead or yellowing leaves
- Empty out wall troughs, use new linings and compost, ready to re-plant as soon as new plants
- Sort out netting covers for the Onion and Leek beds; weed the flower area at the end of the Leek bed
- Plant remaining Wallflowers in troughs
- Check Broad Bean and Early Pea seed stock ... sow in modules if time
Empty large pot of Monarda at plot and plant some of plants in new Herb Bed. Add new compost and replant some in that pot again
- Clear away outdoor Tomato plants
- Cut down any remaining Tomato and Cucumber plants in polytunnels, harvesting
remaining fruit, to ether ripen at home or make into relish
_ Start the pruning of fruit bushes etc in the cage area, and nettle removal
- Take out Gladioli from Squash bed and replant elsewhere; cover bed
- Order Roses for plot
somehow doubt that will all get done, but I do like to get things ready for Winter and the coming season, before starting to review harvests and draw up the sowing plan, which of course has really alreday begun with the Senshyu Onions!
I hope you are
all staying fit and well, and enjoying the treats of the Autumn... I shall be back next week
PS I shall add the Apple Muffin recipes as soon as i can