It’s harvest time! Over the weekend I harvested all of the pumpkins and they’re now indoors on the warmest, brightest windowsills for ten days or so while they cure. I also dug up the last six garlic bulbs and they’re drying off gently in the mini shed: some for eating, some for keeping, some for replanting.
The borlotti beans are nearly ready for picking too, but I’m going to leave them up on their frame for a few more days. Partly because the weather’s supposed to have a few useful sunny days over the next week, and partly because we have people coming over next weekend who want to have a bit of a tour of the kitchen garden – it’ll be good to leave a few things still growing from the summer for them to look at, now the pumpkins are gone.
The courgettes, runner beans, the cucumbers, the baby leaf salad, the Brokali Apollo and most of the tomatoes are still going but they’re definitely slowing down. Again, I’ll leave them in their pots for the time being, and put off some of the ‘autumn takedown’ so there’s more to look at.
The plants that I’d already removed had left bare patches in the soil, so I’ve re-sown those areas now. So far we have new sowings of Arctic King lettuce, mixed leaf salad, rocket, mixed pak choi, mizuna, choi sum, Lilia spring onions, spinach, Palla Rossa Precoe chicory, and a few radishes. One or two of those might have germinated by this time next week, you never know.
There’s also been a fair bit of weeding, pruning, feeding, tidying, and slug protection going on, to get the place vaguely into shape. The next job is to dig loads of new nutrients into the recently-vacated pumpkin bed, so help it recover from the greedy previous occupants. Then I’m going to cover it with a mulch sheet in an attempt to stop ASBO Kitty from digging it up.
Before the end of the month I’m hoping to get some more winter salads sown, and maybe some last-chance sowings of leaf beet, Lucullus chard and dwarf green kale. I also have the polytunnel and dome cloches on standby, just in case, although I’m hoping they won’t be needed for a while.
How’s your garden growing?