Some harvests have crept up on us unawares this year.
(not radishes, obviously)
We were bemoaning our bumper crop of green tomatoes. Then this late warm spell has done the job.
We don’t remember much fruit blossom but suddenly the plum trees are weighed down
Our job today is to get them before the wasps bore into every one
Looks like we will have to make even more wine
Part of maintaining our meadow is to mow and remove all the grass at this time of year
We are currently without pigs, who used up a lot of the cut grass to soak up their mud.
Now that the ducks have two feet of grass to root around in we need to find somewhere else to put it
We did, kind of accidently in the recent hot spell, make some hay which went to the rabbits. We should try harder next year.
Meanwhile we have decided to make a giant pile
and see who takes advantage of this new habitat
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.