Winter?

The garden is still very productive! For the first time since we have lived here, we have had no frost at the end of October.  This photo taken today 9th November and in the bed closest to the camera, coriander, celeriac, leeks, lettuce, chard, spinach, fennel and parsnips.  In the next bed dill is still doing well, so are turnips and celery.  Coriander planted to overwinter is at the right stage to be able to cope with severe weather conditions. We’ve had a couple of days where the thermometer has dipped to just above freezing though, and I got nervous, so harvested the butternut.  A total of 64 from 4 plants!  Will plant 2 next year !

The milder weather has meant that the tender plants like peppers and tomatoes have lasted much longer. The red in the photo below are peppadew and Romano peppers. Incredible to still have them in November! Also in this photo, fennel, leeks, Calvolo Nero (kale) and purple sprouting broccoli.  Brussels sprouts just starting to produce.
Cabbage for winter looking good.
Last cauliflower ready to harvest.  I’ve a few smaller cauliflower and broccoli plants – I.m hoping they will cope with winter and produce early in spring. 
Garlic planted 4th November –  2 beds with 72 bulbs in each. Messidrome (white garlic)  Purple garlic has not stored as well as the Messidrome and I have found no flavour difference so only planting the one variety this year.Harvested sweet potatoes 8th November. Good crop, though of mixed sizes. They need to dry in the sun for a few days to toughen the skins for storage – hopefully we have some warmer sunny days to do this.
Raspberry canes pruned 2nd November. Grass was completely dead here a month ago, now coming back to life, albeit rather patchy!
Broad beans (Feve de Seville)  and peas (Pois Petit Provencal) planted today, 9th November. Covered with fleece to protect from the cold, and with netting to stop the birds eating the seeds. Planted this time of year they will provide early spring harvests – unless we have an extremely cold winter.

I’ve also moved the ginger and curry leaf plants indoors. Now perched on the laundry windowsill. Neither are hardy and while they are still small plants I want to nurture them. If you look at the photo carefully you can see some healthy ginger rhizomes filling out. 

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