|The Hooded Composter|
Perhaps we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves. After all, we at least made it down there, right? And anyway, who wants to read about a bunch of workaholic allotment perfectionists who put one's own efforts to shame? Exactly.
We pulled up all our remaining courgette plants, resulting in a good final batch of courgettes and massive pile of foliage to compost. These plants went absolutely beserk in the summer sun this year, I've never seen them so big. Cutting them up for compost (Kasia is quite exacting in this regard, all compost is to be cut up nice and small...) you realise what ridiculously blowsy plants they are, just big tubes for carrying water with far more foliage than their modest root systems deserve.
Down came the polytunnel cover as we've no real plan to grow anything in it now, and the last thing we need is for it to get knackered by a malevolent wintery gale. We need to be way more organised, and realistic, about what goes in here next year. 12 tomato plants and a bunch of cucumbers was wildly optimistic for a three-metre long tunnel, to say the least. I now also know that there's no getting away from the fact that anything in a grow bag needs watered daily, no getting away from it. Grow less, grow it better, that'll be next year's polytunnel dictum.
We also pulled up a gone-to-seed Romanesco Cauli and, rather more excitingly, our first ever home grown. Globe Artichokes. They're only tiny, so will provide little more than a couple of nibbles, but who cares; I've hardly ever eaten artichoke at all, never mind home-grown, so am looking forward to seeing what these fellows taste like.
|Late Season Harvest|