Rain, rain, rain

What a month it has been. 120mm already in October and more on its way. On the plus side no early frost yet. But the garden has suffered from all the rain ( that’s a first!!) with the tomatoes blighting off with a lot of unripened fruit still on the vines.

Tomatoes, in the background, blackened by blight

Fortunately we’ve had a fantastic crop so I’ve preserved more than I need. So yesterday I pulled up al the plants and readied the bed for planting peas and broad beans this week.

No dig preparation – a thick layer of well rotted manure on top, and I plant the seeds directly into it.

Peppers have suffered a little from all the rain and colder weather, but still had a good harvest, and the chillies have been fantastic.

Poblano chillis on the left, peppers, jalapeno and espelette chillies on the right

I have a new dehydrator (great this year when we have not had as much sun for drying things as usual!) and am thrilled to have lots of ancho chillies (dried Poblano) which I cannot buy in France

Ancho chillies – wonderful in a cherry tomato pasta sauce, but also used a lot in Mexican recipes
Chillies are so pretty! This is a very mild chilli which we dry for use in Chinese recipes

Worried about dropping temperatures, I harvested the butternut this week.

51 from 3 plants – incredible harvest every year.

My second planting of potatoes have been incredible this year – no blight in spite of all the rain, but a huge crop with one plant producing 4.5kgs of potatoes!

Huge potatoes. I was worried that they would not taste so good, but both texture and flavour are great.

This time of year all the brassicas do really well and keep us supplied with vegetables during winter

Cauliflower, romanesco, kale, Brussels sprouts, purple sprouting broccoli, broccoli and cabbage.

The pomegranate has produced a lot of fruit this year and they are sweeter as a result of all the rain, though many are now splitting

The last plantings for this season as growing slowly now but should be strong enough to cope with the winter cold. Spring and small white onions, coriander look good, but the chard I planted rather late and I am not sure how it is going to do.

Last planting of pak choi and mizuna will certainly cope with frost now.

My last planting will be the peas and the broad beans this week, then I stop. Well, not quite, as I put a layer of manure on all the beds and cover the big pumpkin patch with plastic to control weed growth. So work continues 🙂

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