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it’s started

The seed sowing that is – a bit later than planned – due to the weather and ‘stuff’ occupying our time, but I have started sowing seeds. This year I am just going to keep a record on a page on the blog of what we do, rather than detail it every week.

We are working hard to dig new vegetable beds in the garden, the plan is to move as much as possible out of the fields and into the garden – thus we should have more grazing for the sheep and less lawn to cut. It is a nice theory anyway. This has meant the digging up of lots of bushes, some transplanting and the poor old rhubarb and loganberry got moved once again.( the fourth time since we moved here), but needs must. I don’t think we have room for everything we need to grow, but it might be possible to double up some areas – grow squashes in the pig run (no pigs this year) and have summer crops in the field veg patch, and only let the sheep in there during the winter months. It will evolve.

Nice to get out there and sort out the propagators and start sowing again, The seasons are turning as they should.

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the last

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.

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harvesting

blueberries

runner beans

courgettes

tomatoes

blackberries

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harvesting

blueberries

runner beans

courgettes

tomatoes

blackberries

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harvesting

wild strawberries

blueberries

blackcurrants

runner beans

french beans

courgettes

tomatoes

blackberries

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harvesting

wild strawberries

blueberries

blackcurrants

runner beans

french beans

courgettes

tomatoes

blackberries

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has arrived. courgettes

We now have a shelf in the fridge dedicated to courgettes – hurray – as all of the frozen supply has long gone.  We have been restocking the freezers, but fresh courgettes are lovely – we celebrated with courgette bhajis

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