How Does Our Garden Grow?
If you have been reading our blog from the beginning, you will know that the first thing we wrote about when lockdown started was our garden.
Are you agog, desperate to know how it all went?
No? Well, skip this blog and wait till next week!
Yes? Why, thank you for asking ......
We had mixed results. Lots of tomatoes, and we never fail to be delighted at just how much tastier home-grown tomatoes are than those we buy. Similarly, we have had - and continue to have - lovely salad leaves and our chillies are a real treat.
Incidentally, we picked some of the tomatoes when they were still green, put them on a sunny windowsill and within a week or two they were turning red. How satisfying.
Brassicas are doing well as are the tatties and Jerusalem artichokes. We've been a bit disappointed with our courgettes, but very happy with our beetroot.
So we are guessing that is pretty much the same as most of you. Isn't that one of the joys of gardening that there are no guarantees but lots of lovely surprises?
But now it's nearly time to put the garden to bed for the winter, but also time to look ahead to next year.
The first thing we did was make leaf mulch. What a doddle!
All we did was rake up the leaves - OK, that was quite hard work but we like the green gym idea.
We put them into a black bin liner and pierced it a few times to allow the oxygen in.
Added a little water, tied the bag up and we have left it at the end of the garden, ready to open this time next year, by which time it will - fingers crossed - be ripe, rich leaf mould that we will use to give our plants a head-start for the following year.
It was one of those glorious autumn days when the sun was shining and the garden was undoubtedly the best place to be. We even saw the geese flying overhead on their long journey south.
You know how sometimes you learn something new and it just gives you such a thrill? That's how we felt when we learned that the geese honk as they fly in order to encourage each other to keep going. We love that and can't help but smile when we see, and hear, them overhead.
Another little nugget that we came across recently and are keeping in mind is that bees love the colour purple. Of course, as soon as we heard that we realised it was kind of obvious. How often do you see a purple buddleia that is not a magnet for bees and butterflies?
This is the time of year for planting bulbs, so we got going with that too. Again, so easy - just dig a hole twice the height of the bulb, pop it in and cover it up. Then just leave them be, and as if by magic, we will have a colourful display in the spring.
As well as cheering us up and confirming that spring is here, come March or April the tulips will help increase the biodiversity in the garden.