Been sick, so all my photos have become a bit backed up. Therefore this is a little review of December.
A walk round the back of Ightham on a sunny winters day. The light fades so early at this time of year. So nice to be out in the fresh air.
A few of the remains of the allotment. I’ve planted out the broad beans for an early start, and the garlic, which needs some frosts to split the cloves. My plan has already been amended…..
Finally a Christmas Eve stroll. Having been ill it helps to get out a bit, although I just want to sleep immediately afterwards. It helps to combat the cabin fever. But now we are past the solstice, I’m looking forward to the return of the light. See you next year xxx
So we’ve had a few frosts. One at the allotment, but not at the house!
I have laid a few pavers (lazily, straight onto the ground) so the raspberries are easier to access, and won’t get so overgrown next year. The Tulameen didn’t take so I have replanted with some Glen Ample – hopefully these ones will fare better. I’ve had to cut back some of the other rasps early as they had developed a strange black spore on the leaves. Very annoying.
Otherwise, I’ve generally been tidying up and planning for next year. One of my strategies is to write what I’ve planted in each raised bed on the side to make sure I’m keeping my crop rotation (vaguely) going.
Next project is getting the garlic in asap, so more soon….
A late afternoon trip to Sissinghurst a couple of weeks ago. Not very busy but still lovely to be out in the bright post-storm skies.
The tower was covered in scaffolding, and all the grass walkways were closed. It was a shame not to get into the orchard (again) as the apple trees were laden – although no-one seemed to be harvesting. I’m not sure the previous owners would have approved…. and I did ponder a quick scrumping run!
The light was really beautiful, and all the plants glowed in the sunshine. It has been quite gloomy so it was a breath of fresh air. 🙂
Early morning walking, just to clear out the cobwebs before breakfast. The leaves are coming down now, all colours, collecting, gathering, under all the trees.
There’s also been an abundance of acorns – I can’t remember such a plentiful year. Good to see the trees have it all under control, even in these strange environmental times.
There’s something about the symmetry of growing veg – you start with earth, and you return to earth. Dust to dust, ashes to ashes. Or something like that.
I have harvested the rest of the pumpkins. A beautiful orange haul – mostly handed out to friends now. There’s only so much pumpkin you can eat! I’m going to try some different varieties next year.
I cut back the enormous sweet potato plant to discover only 1 knobbly tuber and 2 small ones…. but in the process I also dug up a load of really good red potatoes, which must have been left over from the previous occupant. They were much better than the ones I’d sown myself.
Generally I have been tidying up, composting, pulling out the spent plants. Everything collapsing back down to soil.
I did note, however, at Sissinghurst they are still harvesting beans and other veg. That’s what a team of experts does for you. Not jealous… well not really!
My tomatoes got blight. I lost 4/5ths of the crop 😦
It was a horrible job, cutting it all back. Throwing it all away. I salvaged what I could and then let the tomatoes ripen for a few days I could see which ones were infected. Quite a few were, but some seem to be ok. I have a banana next to them to encourage them along.
Meanwhile I have discovered some enormous cucumbers, and a few of my dahlias are finally flowering.
A lovely day on Derwent Water – the weather was lovely, especially in the morning.
Anyway we parked in Kettlewell, paddled up to the Theatre on the Lake (for coffee) and then across to the far shore – the Cat Bells side. It was tree lined and quieter, and really beautiful in the sunshine. In fact I prefer that side of the lake and the little bays. I loved the way the cones marked the high water mark. We also had a little shield bug as an extra guest, before heading back across the lake.
When we were packing up, an old couple came along with matching brollies, cute.