End of Season

There are a few things that mark the end of the season for me. The first ground frost about a week ago which took out my Dahlias, had to remove about 150 flowers and buds, such a shame as they had a good few weeks left in them and we haven’t had a frost since. The flowers on the Jerusalem Artichokes and the pumpkins turning a lovely orange colour mean it almost time to turn the clocks back. By then everything, bar a few brassicas, parsnips and leeks, is pretty much finished and the plot can be dug over and manured.

I had three small pumpkins off one plant this year as you can see next to the last of the Ramco cabbages. The veg for Sunday lunch was all from the garden – parsnips, potatoes, carrots and cabbage – and hedgerow blackberries and cooking apples from a friend up the road made the crumble. Not bad that, considering the weather we’ve had, you can still feed the family from your plot!

And the last of the carrots came out of the pipes as I was clearing the plot yesterday. This one was around 3 foot long and 6 inches round at the shoulder – not a bad specimen but I noticed a crack in it early on which meant it wasn’t any good for showing – tasted good though.

The plot (and blog) has been rather neglected recently due to a spate of DIY activity – normal service will resume very soon!!

12 responses to “End of Season

  1. The last visit to the plot the dahlasa were still OK in spite the frost taking out the courgettes. Wonder what we’ll find next visit?

  2. About time you posted another blog lol
    I turned my last couple of long carrots into soup
    It was very very nice

  3. That carrot would certainly make a soup with “depth”!

  4. Sue – I’ve left most of the plants to get maximum growth from the tubers before cutting them back but the flowers had gone unfortunately – that was just one decent frost and it’s been mild ever since. Such a pity as they were flowering their socks off!

    Darren – yes been taking a break from online stuff for a while, see enough of a computer screen at work to be honest!

    Mark – very good haha!

  5. The Dahlias are just about hanging on here, but their days are numbered…

    • I decided to lift all mine yesterday I won’t have time over the next couple of weeks. Plenty of work ahead to get the tubers through the winter.

      • I give mine an extra thick mulch – including shredded Dahlia stems and leaves (cannibals!). Has got them through all the bad winters so far *crosses fingers*

  6. We still haven’t had a frost here, am beginning to wonder if, being so close to the sea, we will have any. But the winter is young. Glad your reject carrot tasted good – enjoy the DIY 😉

  7. Great to catch up with your posts at last Damo. Been trying to keep screen time to a minimum! My harvests were all tastes of this and that, lucky my family doesn’t depend on the garden for all its food! That carrot is a meal in itself – amazing!!

    • Thanks Caro, I’ve been doing the same – just coming out of hibernation – it’s great to have a variety of veg to eat through the year even if it’s just a small amount each time.

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