Well the autumn sunshine goes on and on – and the grass continues to grow like mad.
If you are anything like us you’re busy harvesting and storing things for the winter -we’ve had a humungous apple crop this year – some of which is going to the farmers market and some of which we’re juicing. By the way – if you’re in the UK there’s been a fascinating programme on Yorkshire Apple varieties. If you’re quick you will be able to catch it on BBC i-player. Here’s the link. You will of course have to download the i-player software from the BBC. Whether this works for our North American readers I don’t know. Perhaps one of you could let us know?
If you grow squashes, chances are you have a surplus. These keep really well over the winter but here’s a tip to help you store them better. When harvesting if possible take a bit of the vine with it. The Squash sits on its own stalk – if you cut a small piece of the vine that the stalk connects to so it looks like a t-piece then when cut ends seal themselves they’ll be far enough away from the fruit to minimise chances of rot.
Another handy reminder from our chums at Gardener’s world is that now is the right time to get your spring bulbs in. Plant hyacinths now and keep them in the dark to be ready for Christmas – my dad always kept his in the airing cupboard. And get the daffs and other spring bulbs into the lawn now so that they’ll be ready to gladden the heart by their progress in bleakest February.
Some more garden visit reports coming up – plus a bit more plant science and an account of my visit to the rainwater harvesting project at Lowater’s nursery