Today was sunny and warm and having recovered from a nasty cold virus, which took away my knitting and stained glass window pleasures, I was able to get up to the plot.
The first thing to greet me was a rather beautiful and enormous spiders web. Absolutely amazing it was, my photography does not do this justice. I looked for the spider responsible, expecting to see quite a large spider, but no, it was just a little spider who crept away before I could photograph her, she was all of a half penny in size. She must be hungry.. I left her to it.
Then I inspected the tomatoes. Looking really good aren’t they? The temperature last night had dropped down to 4.5 C in the greenhouse. Which means if we don’t get a very clear night with a frost we should get a few more ripening before November/December. Hubby is thinking about heating the greenhouse if we have a one off dip, I’ll let you know how that goes. We are not watering as frequently as in the summer, we were, but found the fruit was splitting, so now its just about keeping the plants alive whilst the fruit is ripening.
Remember the Forty year old freezer, well those are her wire trays that will be used for baskets for drying onions. We like that. 🙂
Then I started to plant Garlic, Japanese onions and Shallots.. These are the shallots, magnificent aren’t they? Normally, shallots are planted January/February but these according to the packet are to be planted in Autumn. I’ve shown them to a couple of the old boys at the plot and they have never heard of such things, but me,, well I do as I’m told, so have planted them according to the instructions. Fingers crossed.
And just because I like to show you mud. Mud, with garlic, onions and shallots planted in it. Impressive isn’t it? Although you will have to take my word for it.
These are the butternut squash, see how the frost has damaged the leaves. This gave me a very loud message that the game was up and I would have to harvest them.. and the results… Well, don’t get too excited.
I carefully placed the hat for perspective. Need I say more. Apart from I’ve nurtured those plants for months and months, probably since February/March. I need to find a ‘will do well in a dreadful summer’ variety for next year. The long yellow fruits are the courgettes which I have to say, always make me smile, because whatever the weather they always keep plugging away at trying to reproduce.
If anyone at knitting would like any Sage or Rosemary, give me a nudge as I’m just about to trim these.
The Oregano has gone past its best, but its so pretty.
Then I took down all of the canes to get ready for winter. These are the last of the haricot.
The last of the runner beans.
And just a final shot of today, note all of the canes tidied up for winter, its really starting to take shape. Just to put some perspective on my day at the plot, I was there just after eleven, I was home just before four, I worked gently but consistently. There is still much to do.