On another beautiful autumn day I carry on the jobs of getting ready for winter…..plants coming out, new plants going in……where beds will be in action over the winter I need to protect the soil from the weather with as thick a mulch as possible……I can achieve this in part using the ‘crop and drop’ technique.
It’s the time of year when my attention needs to turn to seed saving to ensure I have a good supply for starting a whole new garden next year…….today I’m in the vine bed selecting the juiciest, plumpest fruits….. I also need to do some ‘shopping’ for a specific recipe that I haven’t tried before.
As we get to the tail end of the summer season there are lots of things to be harvested…..one of the harvests I am going to do is a little earlier than in previous years in the hopes that I can beat the mice to them….the chickpeas!
My back is still playing up a little so it’s a day of quiet errands……enough to keep me moving but nothing to over exert my angry back muscles. The postman arrives with a couple of mystery parcels.
A bit of chat about my most recent read and all the wonderful memories it prompted in me and the reaction it drew from me about my least favourite flowers – ugh, shudder. Thoughts then turn to the next book in the pile.
I am very late harvesting my onions this year but as we have been so dry for so long they should be alright. Once they’re out of the ground I will have two beds free to plant up with more veggies for the winter, in this case it will be more brassicas. I also need to check on the brassicas planted earlier in the year.
It’s early September and time to have a look around the garden. There’s definitely a look of autumn about the place now.
I have grass paths in my garden…..I keep them tidy with a bit of strimming and a bit of trimming. Last month I ran out of strimmer cord so today I am replacing it. I reflect a little on why I prefer to keep grass paths and how/when I maintain them to make me happy with a tidy garden but also with keeping a mind on the wildlife. Grass paths rock for wildlife!!!
Today I am all about my precious Coco de Paimpol beans. It has not been a good year for them but here I explain what to look for to choose the perfect moment for harvesting in order to enjoy the beans at their best and how to store them at their best. I also talk a little about cooking them from storage.
September has arrived and with it autumn…….and my mind has been in France. Reading about gorgeous French food I can’t help but think of my precious Coco de Paimpol beans……it’s time to harvest! Below is a link to the book I am talking about, the book responsible for making me day-dream and salivate…… ‘From here, you can’t see Paris’: https://amzn.to/32LWgsw