Rain – and lots of it. That’s my excuse for not getting much done, but I have continued slowly clearing some of the bramble/nettle/sycamore patches, and cutting some of the grass when it actually got dry enough.
And to be fair, I’ve harvested a reasonable amount of new potatoes and courgettes (not had to buy any this month so far ), but the elephant garlic has been a disappointment – instead of large bulbs they only yielded small rounds not much bigger than the cloves I planted last autumn.
Tomatoes are late, due to the lack of a greenhouse
- Sungold still has just smallish green tomatoes, though approaching the expected size
- Pink Brandywine however has yet to set a fruit
There are other vegetable plants growing in the garden – runner beans, mangetout peas, and snap peas. There should also be carrots, brassicas, and other greens, but these have in the main been eaten by the slugs (or birds, but I suspect slugs). I have now, finally, got a replacement greenhouse and some of the tomato plants have been moved into it, together with the sarracenia, arisaema, and amorphophallus ‘ornamentals’. Next year the other veggies will be started in there, and planted out when better able to withstand the slugs (and I’ll probably douse the veg garden with nemaslug next spring too).
Still clearing up the overgrown patches when its dry enough, shredding the unwanted plants (brambles, nettles, sycamore and other tree ‘seedlings’, and others) and putting them into the compost bins.
Time to start planning for the winter and next year!