Spent a happy post-church couple of hours on the allotment this morning. K took down the runner beans and we saved them for seed for next year.
Those we don’t use for seed, we’ll add to stews – it’s definitely the season to get the slo-cooker out, hurrah!
I also had a quick hoe round, and took out or pruned back the flowers, including the chrysanthemums, marigolds, cerinthe and coreopsis.
So it’s all looking a bit bare, but there are signs of Spring as the daffodil shoots start to show themselves.
Anyway, here are the tulips bulbs, and their eventual destination in the old runner bean bed.
As you can see, there are loads, but we stuffed them in anyway, and also netted them to put the squirrels off. I lost a few tulip bulbs last year to the pesky squirrels and want to try to avoid that this year at least.
In another news, the Brussels sprouts and spinach are coming along nicely. I meant to harvest some spinach today for lunch, but I forgot. Still we used the beetroot leaves instead which were very nice indeed. I’ll have to remember to harvest the spinach next week before the leaves get too big and chewy. The young leaves are just so much nicer.
K has also a week or so ago lengthened the rhubarb patch and put two more plants in so here it is in the new form:
The Peruvian Ground Apple is also growing apace, which is confusing as it should be going yellow by now – which is apparently the sign for when it’s ready to harvest. All very odd but I imagine it’s the warm autumn we’re having. We will just have to wait and see …
Finally, here is today’s harvest, which includes beetroot, chrysanthemums and the runner beans for seed.
And here are the chrysanthemums in their vase at home. Sadly, this is the last of them and I’ve cut the rest down. They are sprouting leaves again at the base, which is strange as I thought they were annuals, so I might get another slight bloom before the frosts set in – you never know. And even if I don’t, we’ve had fresh flowers from the allotment from February to November, which is pretty good going, I think.
Have a good and peaceful week, everyone.