Where There’s Muck

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We seem to be in the middle (hopefully) of an “Indian summer” ( I do remember being told why warm spells in British autumns are called this, but cannot remember the detail: something to do

with the Empire/colonies perhaps?).

Blackberries, autumn fruiting raspberries, tomatoes and squashes (pumpkins and butternuts now that the courgettes that grew into Monsters have – finally – exhausted themselves)everywhere: extending the season wonderfully. Leaves just starting to turn, especially noticeable on hawthorn here, perhaps the first.

Oh, and the weeds: this year, thanks to years of labour (!!!) mostly annual.

I am not including self-set potatoes which are a crop unto themselves this year, but some of the annual weeds and self sown plants are also thriving.

Borage! Ever grown borage? Marvellous plant; young leaves good in salads and sandwiches, slightly cucumber taste; beautiful, abundant flowers attracting pollinators and pest-predators, architecturally significant form and great on the compost heap!

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Because alongside the harvesting comes the weeding and the re-digging (in our case for autumn sown broad beans, over-wintering onions (yellow and red) and, just maybe, garlic. All supplied by our site shop,

which has the best local prices (thanks guys and gals). And the weeds? Straight on to the compost heap, with kitchen scraps, grass cuttings, collected animal manure and shredded paper.

Our compost heaps have been productive and, nicely hot at the moment are being re-built (contents of the last heap are in the trenches already.

But, on one plot, at least, thoughtful planting of nasturtiums (distraction for the cabbage white butterflies) are glorious, winding up around the compost bin (made, as most of ours are from pallets.

Nasturtiums:  so simple to grow and so glorious in low-light, misty conditions like this morning.

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So, green manure advice anyone ??

 

 

 

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