Saturday, May 26, 2018

05 Sep

The changing seasons

Apologies for the absence, that’s if you are a regular reader – are there any out there?  We have been on holiday, although not away. In common with many this year we have stayed at home for our summer holidays. I would not recommend it in terms of true rest and relaxation, but it is great for the garden! We were saved that depressing explore round the garden on return from holiday when you discover that nature has the upper hand, everything is overgrown, eaten by pests, or cropped while you were away and you have missed it.  We have been able to do bits as we go along and generally keep on top of things in a relaxing way.

Doubtless they will trickle out in coming years, but this being our first year in the North, we have had the pleasure of an endless stream of visitors. It has been very satisfying to feed them almost entirely, vegetable wise, from the garden – broccoli and stilton soup for the lunchtime arrivals, and leeks, potatoes, carrots, courgettes, roasted summer veg and cauliflower cheese for those who stay for supper. With the lambs looking increasingly weighty, I am looking forward to the day when our entire Sunday lunch will be home produced.
I have just returned from a foraging trip outside and returned with carrots, broccoli, a fab cauliflower, leeks, potatoes and tomatoes. The dahlias in the tunnel are still going strong and the sweet peas seem to be having a second florish which is very satisfying. I would welcome any suggestions as to what to plant now in the tunnel to keep feeding ourselves over the winter. There is a definate autumnal feel in the air and the nights are suddenly drawing in so hardy varieties are a must.


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