Back in the saddle.

Yes, I know, it’s been ages. Suffice to say, it has been a busy summer.

I headed off for 3 weeks away, 2 of them in the States, and although I got back 2 weeks ago, it has taken ages to feel like I am back in the game. After today, I think I am.

Between us, Jane and I cleared the polytunnel and did an Autumn clean, ready for winter planting. It goes against the grain to lift plants that are still alive, and in some cases producing, but it needs to be done in order to get ahead of things for winter. If we can get seeds germinating now, there is a chance of keeping some veg going until the end of the year. The tunnel certainly looks better for it. The beans were removed, the squash was tamed, courgettes were pruned right back and will come out in the next few weeks (I was going to do it today, but I didn’t have the heart – they are still producing!). We also removed lettuce which had been in too long, a variety of things we had forgotten about, and a world of nasturtiums. Finally we tied up and untangled the somewhat unloved tomates. They are late, but there is lots of good fruit growing. Hopefully we will get a bit of sun this month to ripen them up. I’ll need to turn my attention to the outside beds now, the grass cutting, weeding and digging never ends.

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We are harvesting onions just now, and drying them wherever there is space. You can’t actually get into the garage at the moment for chicken wire and onions!

Deliveries kept going whilst I was away thanks to Jane, and my Mum and Dad, who all did a sterling job. We kept the Beachcomber supplied all summer, and veg boxes have now resumed. 10 went out this week! We were also delighted to supply the River Cottage and Beachcomber food stand at the Tiree Music Festival, and we got a double page spread in the local paper, the Tirisdeach. No pressure to keep growing, then…

As I didn’t have enough to do when I got home, I took a notion to spruce up my living room. I think it’s looking pretty good, as long as you ignore the fireplace and don’t look too closely at the floorboards, or windows, or paintwork or…

I took the opportunity to spruce Beryl up too…

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The America trip was awesome. Becca and I had a whale of a time in Colorado and then New York. Highlights included going up Pike’s Peak on a train (14,000) feet, seeing humming birds, driving a 500 series BMW, and pretty much everything in New York. I won’t bore you with all the photos, but here are some edited highlights.

2 thoughts on “Back in the saddle.

  • 31st August 2015 at 8:46 am
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    I’m intrigued about cutting your courgettes back, how much have you cut them back and why?

    Eli

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    • 31st August 2015 at 10:42 pm
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      At this time of year, with less daylight and colder nights, I find courgettes begin to droop, and mildew becomes a problem. My theory is that by cutting them back, and leaving the most productive parts, that more energy will go into the remaining fruit which is forming. I cut them back by about half and removed old leaves and big leaves. We’ll see!

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