17 November 2013


While I was away there were a few hard frosts which finished off the more tender greenhouse crops. I cleared out all the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and beans yesterday. There are still some peas, kale, coriander, parsley, and a few carrots, parsnips and beets in there, but there is a lot of empty space now, ready for next year's crops. Talking of which, I received a wonderful surprise in the post recently from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. I'd sent them a recipe for their seed catalogue and in return got a paint-pot-tin full of heirloom seeds for next year, including a number of things I've never grown from seed (asparagus, water melon, celery, turnips, and okra, for example). Very exciting, and just what I need as I'm putting the garden to bed for the winter!

The chickens enjoyed the remaining tomatoes:

I had some pumpkins curing in the greenhouse, so I've brought those in before they get damaged by the harsher frosts. Though they clashed horribly with the pink plastic trug.

Outside, there are still some swedes, kale, cabbages, sprouts and parsnips to harvest. And my trusty sunchokes which will keep providing food in mild spells throughout the winter.


Esther Montgomery said...

Oh all the gardening blogs yours is the most seasonal. It sort of keeps me in touch with our own year - with its changes much less marked.
The pot of seeds looks wonderful - especially as you have (I would guess) the space to make use of them all.

Amanda said...

Hello Esther - yes, I'm really looking forward to making use of all those seeds. We had our first snow this morning, so it's definitely feeling like winter now!