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August 12, 2013 Gotalottie No Comments

well, that’s us more than halfway through the year. Is that optimistic of us? Autumn appears sometimes to be just around the corner – despite the late start to the Summer.

Copious amounts of fresh horse manure have been put to use and is paying us back now. The long bed, piled high with over a metre of manure, has sunk to less than 50% of its original volume. We’ll put that down to the weight of ripening tomatoes and squashes forcing down upon it.

Tomato manure bed

Tomato manure bed

Ripening Toms (moneymaker)

Ripening Toms (moneymaker)

Cerise and Pear Franchi - all packing on weight now

Cerise and Pear Franchi – all packing on weight now

 

The squash are still flowering with Butternut and Autumn Crown setting every day. The Bees are loving the flowers and appear to be getting quite intoxicated on the pollen.

3 sleeping beauties

3 sleeping beauties

 

We haven’t beaten the Horsetail. All of the plans and strategies for pushing it back with allelopathy have failed, but the beds are looking clean and it’s now a pleasure - compared with what the plot looked like a year ago.

order out of chaos

order out of chaos

 

Tanya is so pleased (so am I of course) with the rear of the plot. Raised beds filled with herbs and Tomatoes are flourishing. The Woodblocx raised bed looks smart and striking amongst the traditional.

a cosy corner

a cosy corner

Toms scrambling amongst Chives and Rosemary

Toms scrambling amongst Chives and Rosemary

 

Early lettuce and salads have long gone but are now replaced with Autumn crops of Radicchio and ‘Freckles’ and the Bulb Fennel is looking strong.

 

Radicchio

Radicchio

Fennel - sown after the Solstice

Fennel – sown after the Solstice

Autumn salads - Freckles

Autumn salads – Freckles

 

 There’s a feeling of having come full circle. Whilst the Summer isn’t finished, we’re starting to think of Autumn and Winter – of plot revisions and our next epic journey into our battle with the Horsetail. That will probably be raised beds filled with manures – hotbedding. We can think of this later!

Enjoy the rest of your Summer.

 

 

 

 

 

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