After all the prep, this morning I planted the potatoes that might just do something in time for Christmas, fingers crossed. I will not be surprised if I am disappointed but worth a go either way, 10 plants in total. Warm weather and rain meant weeds were appearing all over the place and so I went round with the hoe and also picking small weed seedlings out of the no dig part.
I had hopped to do some fruit bush pruning but could not find the secateurs and so did more pottering about until I thought it would be an idea to tidy up the compost area. I had some of the free wood chip in a pile for a number of weeks and so I put down some plastic sheeting and covered in in a couple of inches of wood chip. I sorted out a covering for the compost, something I had been meaning to do since we built the compost bins back in December. I thought I would give the tool box a tidy, and I found a set of secateurs.
While I had a cup of coffee I looked in the book to see what gooseberries like, in June prune back five leafs it said. I had been meaning to do that, being mid August it is probably all a bit late but I did it anyway. I’ll prune a lot more in the winter.
A plot neighbour wanted me to see his pumpkins which did look good. Everyone seems to be growing them apart from me, I don’t really like them, but maybe I should do it next year and make a load of pumpkin soup, I do like that.
I was going to tidy up the raspberries but instead I picked all the new fruit that was on them instead (second harvest). In total I went home with:
- blackberries (neighbour said to help myself…)
- kale (we seem to have won the caterpillar war!)
- beet leaf
- salad leafs and rocket
I had a bit of trouble getting it all on my bike for the ride home.