Today we harvested the very last of the tomatoes and courgettes. Not bad considering it is nearly November . The courgettes came good in the end, after a slow start, and we had the expected mountain, most of which is in the freezer – sliced and blanched and ready to be added to chillies and casseroles. The tomatoes were a disappointing crop – we had lots but nothing like the usual, and they were so very slow to develop – blight has finally hit hard and we picked boxes and boxes of green ones. Some will turn red, some will still go down with blight so I’m making plenty of green tomato chutney.
It has been a difficult year in the veg garden, not only has the weather been awful, and the pests plentiful, but we have had other family commitments taking our time. Definitely not our best harvest.
However, I find myself now, sitting by the fire, having eaten a meal of our own home grown meat and veg, with the red tomatoes roasting in the oven, and with the seed companies webpages open, pondering what I could grow over winter, and that in turn is stirring an interest for the next season.
And so the seasons turn, and we move on as always.