The weather is still good here with daytime temperatures in the middle teens. However it’s cold at night and this week the trees have finally started giving up their leaves. The whole garden has started to take on the look of autumn at last.
This osteospermum is still looking good and the cyclamen in the summerhouse has finally come into its own after I brought it reduced at the end of last season.
In the polytunnel after removing the summer crops I moved in a lot of pots that needed winter protection.The warmer days have caused an outbreak of mildew and mouldy leaves so I have been cleaning the plants regularly. I have also had to remember to water which is a job I don’t expect at this time of year. With hindsight I perhaps should have left everything outside for another month but at least it’s a job ticked off the list.
The cauliflower seedlings that were eaten by caterpillars are recovering.
Outside the sprouts are a different story
What with the caterpillars still appearing, the wooly aphids and sooty mould and the lack of leaves the poor things are looking decidedly feeble. I’ve not given up on them yet though!
The parsnips look hopeful although the leaves are flopping a bit.
The beds are all still full. Leeks, celery and calabrese in this one.
Raspberries still cropping although they are few and far between now.
The bed of peas still give a few pods but again there’s an attack of mildew which make alot of them unattractive.
Unlike this marigold that has self seeded itself and looks a treat and this strawberry that just might ripen fully.
I’ve harvested two pots of sweet potatoes as well.
Neither did brilliantly in the heat of the summer but I’m pretty amazed by this one which weighs a whopping 2lb.
If only all my veggies were this successful.