What a difference a month can make. We have had our first frost, the weather is certainly getting cooler and the garden is looking a little bit deserted.
We had a mammoth Gourd haul, 76 in total. At the beginning of the year, I focussed my attention on the garden, I set myself a goal - to grow pumpkins. I am now enjoying the fruits of my labour most days in the kitchen.
What I love about working in the garden, is that you are constantly learning about nature, within nature, whilst creating nature.
Now I know why people have a ‘pumpkin patch’, they take over so much room! We are lucky as our garden is situated on a hill, so the pumpkins had free reign to 'flow,' however, next year I will definitely cultivate a 'patch'.
The garden is in need of a good tidy in preparation for next season. The Garlic has been planted in one of the raised beds. The Cabbage and Purple Sprouting Broccoli, whilst slow to grow, appear to be coming on well, the slugs and snails are enjoying them too! The Brussels Sprouts I am not so confident about - time will tell. I am not sure what has happened to the poor rhubarb, it was only planted this year and I know that they take a few years to establish themselves, but she is not looking good since mid October - Any suggestions?
We have also been busy transplanting some of the Alder trees that seem to pop up everywhere around here. They make great firewood as well as providing shelter for roosting birds. There is something very soulful about transplanting trees in Autumn.
As well as providing a sheltered home for the Squash, Lettuce, Onions and Wild Strawberry, I am also utilising the greenhouse space for seed saving and in preparation for Christmas home decorations!
I was so cold when I came in from the garden recently, my first instinct was to take a picture to illustrate just how cold I felt! …
…Oh yes, that is Clint in the background!
My November Garden To Do List:
- Complete two of the jobs I was to do in October!
- Tidy the garden and put some of the beds to rest for the winter
- Order Fruit trees.
- Seed Saving - Pumpkin/Squash and Sweet Pea's.
- Read, research and plan for next Spring!
Please feel free to share your Garden exploits and tips.