A warm sunny day at Gribin Isaf
that started with mist all around
until the sun seeped through
lighting up the over-night industry
that had left every hedge
with intricate webs
The cumulative amount of spider time, energy and miles travelled that had happened when we were asleep is incalcuable.
There are so many species of spiders to be seen here
It is sometime hard to know if they use
or just ornament
In Monty Don’s piece in the current Gardener’s World Magazine
he talks about how it is unusual these days to grow crop quantities with the objective of supplying all one’s needs. A few speciality items being more usual.
Well, like him, our aim is to grow enough tomatoes to keep us supplied with cooking sauce through the winter. Last year’s crop was terrible – we blame the weather patterns.
This year we have had a lot more fruits on the plants
But the slow process of ripening keeps us on tenterhooks through September… October… November?
Slowly we are getting there, day by day, trug
Some for lunches
but most to be chopped
These are the varieties we grew this year
As novices at this game we have only recently learned that tomato varieties can be categorised by “days” – from flowering to ripening. As ardent followers of Beechgrove,
where they know about such things, we will be using that information to choose what we grow next year.
Although we are basking in a 28 degree Indian Summer
it is time to think about winter for the bees.
Queen excluders off
Wasp guards have been on for a while
a small share of the honey for ourselves.