Tuesday 27th October 2015

It’s good this collective gardening lark. It means you can go on holiday and work still gets done!

The gooseberry bed has been cleared of tomatoes and cucumbers, and weeded. Now just a bit of formative gooseberry pruning to do in a month or so. The bushes got a bit straggly surrounded by the rampant yellow cherry tomatoes – next year we will give them more space to toughen up.
The green manure ryegrass has had its haircut to keep it manageable for Spring digging-in and the last cut of the comfrey bed has been scattered.

This week we have that welcome Autumnal feeling – plenty to do but no urgency – a few months to do it in.
The patch of leeks pressed into the spare space under the unskinned little polytunnel needs weeding – so that’s our first collective task. The willowherb shoots/rosettes are edible salad greens so we go easy with them. They will be foraged.

Then in the gentle October sunshine, it’s time to attend to our drying beans. With the long cold slow Spring start, the beans have struggled to fill and ripen as well as last year. That and the rabbits taking a fancy to the Borlotti stalks have reduced our anticipated crop somewhat. It’s a pleasant surprise then to find so many browned off pods hiding behind the healthy greenery. We now have plenty of butter beans (Czar runners), not enough Borlotti, some Brown Dutch and some french Pea/Beans spread out in the greenhouse. We will shell them when the husks have dried off – and dry the beans further. It’s possible that some more of the many Czar runners will ripen off in the next few weeks – given favourable weather.

Also in the greenhouse, the overwintering broad beans (Super Aquadulce) are looking very healthy in the new seed compost. They will get planted out into the walled garden this week under enviromesh against pigeon munching.

In the polytunnel we are harvesting aubergines and some late courgettes. The parsley is magnificent and could last throughout the Winter. Some Winter salads – planted experimentally – seem to be getting going well. (The outdoor ones are flourishing.)

Holidays are great – but it’s comforting to be back into the garden’s routine.

Tuesdays in the Triangle Field (Community Supported Market Garden) are busy, sociable, friendly, relaxed, productive. Volunteers are made welcome, fed, watered and rewarded with produce. Let us know if you would like to join us either regularly, occasionally or just for a one-off pleasure.
Tel. 01743 761418 email: crabapplecom@hotmail.com


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