I’m counting the start of September as Autumn here, and the weather seems to as well because it’s getting quite chilly, even on sunny days. The majority of our gluts of produce are over, though there are a few things still to harvest.
The beans are still flowering, but fortunately they have slowed down a bit. We were getting a little snowed under with them, but managed to trade a tub full for some blackberries. A few are being left on the vines to dry off so we can keep the beans for next year. The new bean frame worked really well so we will stick with that design for next year too. 14 plants provided us with an absolute tonne of beans, which have either been eaten with roast dinners (delicious), given away or blanched and frozen to use in the winter.
The brassicas have all been harvested and frozen too and their bed has been rotavated. The potatoes have also been harvested, and the large patch where they were has been rotavated too. The next job there is to add compost and manure to the soil, as it is not particularly rich. The previous tenant had only grown potatoes and onions for years so the soil needs some tlc if we are to optimise future crop growth. We may use one of those beds to plant some winter greens if we can get hold of them.
The carrots and parsnips are still thriving, so we’ve just kept on top of keeping slugs at bay and harvested carrots as and when we’ve wanted them. We have had a real mix of interesting shapes, despite the use of compost to make the soil less dense.
The beetroot has almost all been harvested too and either pickled or turned into chutney, along with the tomatoes which we grew at home. The few remaining plants are being left for a month or so to see what happens, they may still develop!
The raspberries have finished fruiting and the newly planted blackberries have a few small fruits on. The pears all dropped off, but two apples survived and we shall pick them when they’re fully ripe.
Last but not least we come to the pumpkin bed. The plants are now dying off, so very shortly we will be bringing the pumpkins home to store in the shed. We have 7 altogether, and a very pleased little boy! They’ve ripened beautifully and their bed almost looks like it’s glowing as they are so bright.
There are a few tidying up jobs to do, but things are definitely getting quieter now. The plot has done pretty well this year so far!
How’s your growing going? Have you got much left to harvest? How are you storing excess produce to keep it fresh? I’d love to hear!