But it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand,
He sends the snow in winter, the warmth to swell the grain
The breezes and the sunshine and soft refreshing rain.
All good gifts around us are sent from heav’n above,
Then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord,
For all his love.
I find this time of year bittersweet, its wonderful to be harvesting our crops after the hard work of the year, but frosty mornings are just around the corner, the nights are drawing in and I realise that winter will soon be upon us. Lets hope we all have a colourful autumn.
The allotment has much to offer at this time of year, we still have all the ingredients to make a colourful and tasty salad along with the first offerings of autumn vegetables for tasty soups or warming stews, the sort that nourish the soul as well as the body.
I’m very pleased with my calabrese or as we call it in the shops broccoli. Its the first time I’ve grown this and they’ve done quite nicely. The taste was superb, every time I grow and then eat something I haven’t grown before I am always surprised just how much is lost in taste in the transporting and storing of shop bought vegetables.
The last of the peas, which I shelled at the plot. This is two rows worth of peas which was about 16ft long. They had just caught mildew so the pods were starting to go black, but inside my treasured peas were perfect. I shelled these with the sun on my back listening to the bees busy in their work, it was a blissful afternoon.
First of the swedes,
and the parsnips.
I sowed a couple of lines of beetroot a few weeks ago, hoping to catch just one last crop before the autumn. They have done really well, better than the spring or summer offerings.
and just a few toms, most of which will being cooked down and frozen for winter use.
We regularly fight the squirrels for our cob nuts. Its always a race to see who will get their first, this year we managed to save about a quarter of the nuts for ourselves. Last year we didn’t get any!!
Our pumpkins have done rather nicely, I love the colours of the Turks Turban. And a marrow, kindly donated by another plot holder.
And last but by no means least, our first eggs from the new chickens. They are small but perfectly formed and very tasty.
We have potatoes, shallots, garlic, onions and various dried beans in store along with pickles, chutneys and jams. All we need is a delivery of coal (smokeless fuel) and the chimney sweep to pop around and we will be set up for winter. I hope that squirrel remembers where he hid his nuts!