Idly scrolling through old photos on this soggy October day, I realised just how far the garden has come since we bought this bare, stony hillside three years ago. Of course I’m still working on it, but in tackling sections one by one, things move on faster than I realise. I’m particularly pleased with this section near the workshop. It looked pretty rough during the planning stage, but a summer of baking sun has brought it on beautifully.
The apple trees and Muriers Platanes have grown very well this year too:
The floral stars of the show have been the zinnia and roses which have survived the longest, hottest summer I can remember with hardly a backward glance
My only real disappointment was that an army of codling moth grubs set up home in most of the apples, so we had lots of pies and purées to use up all the good parts. The only untouched apple variety was the Elstar which I bought as a very small tree a couple of years ago, from Aldi of all places.
The vegetables, however have been magnificent. Butternuts are walking their way out of the fenced potager, we’ve had aubergines in abundance, the patty pans have grown faster than we could cook them and the tomatoes are still heavy with fruit which continues to ripen. Now we are moving into broccoli, rocket, second harvest peas, chard, cabbage and spinach. The trailer load of pony-poo applied at the beginning of the year has given us some excellent soil and I have another load developing nicely for the next application. It all bodes well.
Today it has drizzled all day, so this week I will set about taming the weeds that have invaded the flower beds through this warm autumn.
One thing to note – a cold snap last week resulted in a light frost which melted the leaves of the butternuts – but nothing else. The temperature in the greenhouse on the night of 16 October was 0.4 degrees. That’s not good – we haven’t harvested any physalis fruits yet!