Now is the time to reflect on the growing year; its successes and its failures.
Other than our leafy Winter Greens, we still have a few Peppers growing, and the final few Aubergines; everything else has been grubbed-up and dug-over. Haddock's is at last looking quite neat and tidy.
I am now looking forward to 2021, and deciding what I will grow more of, and what will be reduced. I don't see much change in my actual crops.
The green Tomatoes are ripening well, in fact we had too many all at once, so sauces were made and and are now in small freezer bags. It's sad to think that the next lot of Tomatoes we eat will probably have been grown indoors; somewhere on the other side of The Pyrenees.
And this, I'm ashamed to say, is the extent of my Pumpkins, Squashes, etc. Dismal.
My green tomatoes are also ripening well. 3 different varieties, some more tasty than others. Next year I will grow more and start them earlier.ReplyDelete
I didn't record what variety these were. They were grafted plants, and are totally delicious. We'll be growing our Tomatoes very differently next year.Delete
No cabbages or cauliflower?ReplyDelete
I planted lettuces, rocket, broccoli and spring onions but the garden is full of snails and soon the clover will take over. At least I can see there will be a bumper crop of nastutiums
I didn't sow any Nasturtiums this year; I usually do, I like them.Delete
After an uncertain start to your tomato crop all seems to have ended well.ReplyDelete
At least we still have a few, and they're very good.Delete
I have the last of my green tomatoes in a paper bag in my dark shed, they ripen slowly, we get a few every couple of days, they should last for another week and then like you it's back to purchasing them.ReplyDelete
Mine have been ripening very well. They're behind a window with plenty of sun. Perfect.Delete
I love reading the story of your bountiful tomato harvest and it made me think about starting to grow vegetables in my yard.ReplyDelete
Thank you for your kind inspiration. Greetings from Indonesia.
Hi Himawan. How good to have a reader from Indonesia. Good luck with your vegetables!Delete
We ate our last raw tomatoes last week, and still have a few portions of roasted (with courgettes and onions and chilli) in the freezer. I'm already planning the plot for next year as well.ReplyDelete
The dark months are approaching. Planning next years growing gives us hope.Delete
They look like a nice meaty tomato. We are just starting to buy them at the Market. Ours are a way off yet.ReplyDelete
They're not as meaty as the Marmande types, but lovely flavour.Delete
They look similar to Costeluto Fiorentino that I grew..yes a beautiful flavourDelete
You may need a little advice from Percy Thrower.ReplyDelete
Monty Don would probably be nearer.Delete
My tomatoes started out pretty well. Half way through the season blight hit and everything came to a halt. Butternut squash surprisingly grew in my compost pile. Huge, bowling pin size squash. I supplied squash to all my neighbors.ReplyDelete
I dug a small patch for all my Pumpkins etc, which I enriched with loads of manure and compost. I thought I was going to grow champion Pumpkins, but all I got was the above. Next year!!Delete
There is something very hopeful to me about planning next years garden. I put away some seeds from some especially good producing tomatoes, and from the hugest green peppers I've ever seen in my life! I've got this years pumpkin seeds drying from William's jackolantern, a good way to demonstrate renewal and 'life goes on' to our children. As the days get shorter, and darker, I like studying the little bottles lined up in a dark corner of the kitchen, and it makes me happy.ReplyDelete
I haven't yet saved my Pumpkin seeds, but as soon as Pumpkin Soup is made, they will be dried and put away. Looking forward is so much better than looking backwards.Delete
I took down my tomato garden but still have my pepper garden which will probably die with cold weather coming later this week. I am going to add some natural fungicide to the soil in both raised beds and then cover it with a plastic over the winter. I read that on the Internet and I hope it helps. I have no place else to put my gardens, so this is my only alternative. Next year I also plan to try some grafted tomato plants like you did and maybe not bother with seeds.ReplyDelete
I was a little dubious about the grafted plants when my wife bought them. They were quite expensive, and I didn't really believe that they would prove to be disease resistant. In fact they were very good.Delete
On my grocery list this morning I wrote two fall squash, one cabbage, one summer greens. Amazing how we can buy produce from all seasons, from all over the world, except those lovely fall squash.ReplyDelete
In times past I would bring in my Butternut Squash harvest in a wheelbarrow. Now I've produced just a couple of tiny ones. I blame global warming.Delete