Sunday, 20 November 2011

Winter Colour

While there are still a couple of Rudbeckia flowers outside, generally everything is grey and brown now, but inside I have two Christmas cactuses cheering me up.  They are such beautiful flowers.
I really ought to be thinking about next year's seed order but somehow I just can't face it yet.  I've just finished my home-grown potatoes and there are very few veg left, along with some apples, but until everything is eaten I just can't focus on what to (try to) grow next year.  So for now I'm just enjoying these flowers.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Slow Going...

It's been too long since my last post, work has been manic (this is a good thing in such difficult times!) and with computer problems I haven't been able to do much, but I have finally persuaded my prehistoric laptop to accept and upload photos again.  It has been very slow going on the plot, I picked the last of the apples, a fairly good crop but they didn't ripen too well due to the lack of a summer.  It's been almost impossible to work on the soil due to the rain, the ground is completely saturated, so the weeds have really got away, as you can see from this photo of a small corner of the plot, completely overgrown.  It's been so wet, as I pulled the canes you can see out of the ground last week, they had formed a vacuum seal and only gave way after quite a lot of tugging, with a "pop'!  Now that's wet soil for you.
This autumn has been unusually warm overall, which has given some of my beleaguered vegetables a little more time to grow.  In fact the temperatures have been remarkably close to the ones we had in our so-called "summer".  We're not going to have monster parsnips this year, but at least we have something to salvage from the wreckage.
Whereas these beetroot are a disaster, along with pretty much every other beetroot plant in the north.  They just didn't grow at all, so no beetroot this autumn.  We have no idea what the weather will bring this winter, but we are hoping for some dry weather so we can work on the soil, plus we have an old shed to demolish and a new one to construct, which should be fun!