Where do I even start! I totally missed uploading the last garden update post, despite having it sat in my drafts folder as I am ridiculously unorganised and quite frankly shit with deadlines. Oops. So quite a bit of content in this post today (sorry).
We started September off removing a lot of the vegetables from the vegetable patch such as the potatoes, shallots as well as harvesting ridiculous amounts of courgettes, beans and rhubarb. Once quite a big portion of the vegetable patch was removed my dad dug a huge hole in the middle and we emptied the entire contents of two compost bins into the ground before replacing the top soil. My dad told me that this will feed the garden / soil over the next few months and will help us when it comes to growing more vegetables next year, yey!
Once that was done we transplanted over the unknown vegetables from the tiny little ‘nursery’ I made months ago. I say unknown vegetables as we are unsure if they are cauliflowers, cabbages or maybe sprouts? There was about 17 of them on top of one another in that tiny nursery space so I think some might just be leggy cabbages but we will have to wait and see what grows now they have enough space in the vegetable patch.
We also planted some spring cabbage and some leeks! They are so tiny compared to the other vegetables in the patch, especially the leeks so I am hoping they survive the winter and do well! I am already planning leek and potato soup!
So, as a run down this is what we currently have left in our vegetable patch:
- Savoy cabbages
- Spring cabbages
- Unknown vegetables
I think the courgettes are definitely coming to the end of their season now, you can tell by how slow it is taking the plant to produce fruit and the courgettes are a much darker shade of green now. The beans are also almost at their end, we have enough par-boiled and frozen to last us through winter so we are thinking of just leaving them to go to seed so we can harvest some bean seeds to keep for planting next year.
The savoy cabbages (first image) are also ready to take, their huge! I’ve honestly never seen them so big! I can’t wait to have them with my Sunday dinner on a rainy day smothered in hot beef gravy! It’s making me drool just thinking of it!
I’m also a little scared to pull the beetroot, as you know I planted them under all of the large leafy greens due to lack of space and I was not 100% sure they would survive, and although they did they still have taken a long time to grow and look a little sad for themselves with some leaves being brown. I think I am going to leave them in for as long as I possibly can before pulling them all to be boiled and picked to go with the Christmas turkey and ham on boxing day!
So that’s that! And although it is now Autumn and you would think garden season has come to and end I still have loads to do in the next two weeks! I’m just hoping it stops raining long enough so I can get it all done!
Jobs to do:
- Order onions and garlic
- Plant them when they arrive
- Plant spring bulbs in borders and in the pots
- Cut the flowers in the boarders back
- Look into how to store my olive tree during the colder months
- Sort the herbs out and see if I can dry any to be used during colder months
- Cut lavender back
- Transplant lavender cuttings into the front garden
Let me know how your garden is going now we are transitioning into the colder half of the year, or maybe your entering spring / summer! If so let me know what your planting flower and vegetable wise for the upcoming months.