Monday, 19 November 2012
End of Season
Most of the plot is sleeping. I won't be digging it over. Instead I have cleared and mulched empty ground with horse manure.
There are newly planted garlic cloves (Sultop and Christo) in the earth as well leeks and chicory and a couple of rows of hardy chicories (Rosso Treviso and Grumulo Rosso). If I look at the drawings I made of the plot in May I can see that although I planned to line my paths with plastic and then cockle shells I never did, that I forgot that the best time for pruning soft fruit trees was after fruiting in September. I see that most of my courgettes and pumpkins were eaten by snails and slugs, that black fly destroyed my broad beans. The garlic I planted amidst self seeded poppies just disappeared. The bed of corn, beans and pumpkins that I planted yielded dark red cobs of strawberry popcorn (the variety) drying on my kitchen window sill and lots of beans but no gourds. Potatoes cropped only poorly.