…but the garden is positively alive with colour. The leaves have suddenly dropped, the stream is turning into a swampy jungle and – oh my word! – there’s a lot of urgent jobs to be done. Click on the images for details!
Building a proper compost heap is a job overdue
View from under the apple tree
Chicken wire over exposed beds keeps the neighbourhood cats off
Looking down the bank to the walled stream
Echinacea Purpurea. Bees love it. I love it.
Remembering kicking piles of leaves and my dad getting very cross
Red Russian kale. Copper rings are great for keeping the slugs off
Leather gauntlets from Gold Leaf and secateurs from Kent and Stowe make bramble cutting a doddle
The stream urgently needs a bit of maintenance
Not sure what this scruffy shrub is, but it has tiny early flowers which the bees go wild for
I use cut brambles to stop cats adopting empty beds as toilets.
I can see four piles and piles, and piles and…
Wrap chicken wire into a circle and hook the raggedy ends to secure it
I’m wondering what plant this is?
The conker tree
Fairy Bonnet Cap?
Lettuce, which I now cover with some micro net at night
These will rot down to make a leaf compost. Secure the wire to the ground with metal tent pegs
Purple Verbena Bonariensis is another bee favourite
The cut celery roots have started sprouting new leaves. I’m hoping I can dry some now I have a dehydrator, and make celery salt.
Although messy, I’m loving the colours at dusk
I think this is meant to be a swede.
Leeks are nearly ready to start using. They share a bed with recently planted out Cavolo Nero cabbages and endives
Alpine strawberries on the steep bank
An artichoke flower, that I wasn’t expecting until its second year
Worm ‘Tea’ for ‘laying down’ til spring and the bokashi bins
Alpine strawberries still fruiting (note date!)