The leaves are falling, the clocks went back but my garden and I are still here…
IT’S HARVEST TIME!!
This Autumn, I was back in my little greenhouse picking my tomatoes…they’re so much better off the vine than from the shop! The taste of them is hard to describe, if all you’ve had is the ones that are trying so hard not to age – as you may or may not be aware, natural produce is not always so natural.
Think about all the transportation links food goes through, just to get to your dinner plate, if you did not grow it yourself. It has to last long enough, right? Shelf life!
If you have tomatoes, it’s time to take them in.
Pumpkins too. I’ve grown a few of my own actually. My granddaughter did not believe me until she saw it for herself – I mean is it really the norm to grow them yourself here in the UK? It’s such a big fruit! (All fruits have seeds)
Many people, especially given the recent end of October, use Pumpkins for Halloween. Not only do I not celebrate that holiday but the thought of carving out my well-grown and precious pumpkin, just to put a face in it, grieves me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking that tradition – to each their own.
Besides, I cannot be sure if people waste the Pumpkin they remove before sticking a candle inside – but I eat it…all. Pumpkin often forms a great base to those sat’day soups I told you about.
Although that last reference was not about chicken. The soup is super tasty with pumpkin in it though – just ask one of my family members, they’ll confirm it! It also serves as a side element to a dish, as was the case last Saturday. We had curried chicken with rice, and pumpkin was there for those who wanted some.
So…if you are still growing a pumpkin at this time, take care of it, if it is not yet indoors. You can cover it with leaves or newspaper cuttings, to protect it from the ferocious frost.
To be honest, only plants and flowers that can handle harsh winters should still be out now. ‘Dead head’ (remove the dry leaves from) any plant that you leave out. I bought some pansies and planted them in the front lawn, to edge the drive to my house – I’m a bit of a decorator you could say – so that the bulbs can germinate during the Winter.
Likewise, I put in some Crocuses too! These come from the same family as daffodils and tulips, and should be ready for the early Spring. But all delicate plants should be in a cool shed for protection.
I’m yet to bring in my Angel Trumpet because that thing still seems to be flowering. Nevertheless, I’ll share the process for taking care of that:
- Carefully take it out of the pot
- Shake off the excess soil from the roots
- Trim the roots. Remember: trim, not cut – There’s a difference (Don’t forget the lesson about thyme…it applies here too)
- Have some fresh compost ready to replant it. Either I buy or use my own compost, which is made up of paper, grass cuttings, leaves (in my first post I mentioned removing these from the lawn during this time – believe me, I have a big tree in my back garden and the fall clutters), and other biodegradable items.
- Prune (cut) back the trumpet, where necessary.
As a final note here for this October-November climate transition, clean your garden tools! The weather could ruin your tools, if you don’t take care of them, especially that hose.
Water + Cold temperatures = Bad combination.
Remove what is left in it, to avoid freezing, and take it indoors – the shed, not the living room.
That’s basically what is happening in my garden right about now, all the preparation for potential snow – the ultimate level of frost.
I have some tips about dealing with insects and bugs too but I’ll share that in my next post, so make sure you check back here – Follow the blog and you won’t miss anything.
I appreciate you taking time to shiver in my garden, to pick up a trick or two.
Until I pop out of my shed next…Enjoy your harvest!