Is it really so long since I last blogged? Time to squeeze in the last post of 2015 before we turn in to the new year; 2016 certainly promises to be quite an adventure for us . . . of which more later.
Looking around the garden, it’s hard to believe January is just round the corner. I would have no difficulty picking a posy of summer flowers with calendula, cornflowers, candytuft, mallow, cerinthe and roses still all blooming well. Very pretty but not very seasonal!
The spring flowers are doing their bit, too.
At the business end of things, we have been harvesting plenty of vegetables throughout the autumn. The garlic and onions weren’t brilliant but we had a good crop of Desiree potatoes and a wide variety of squash for storing.
After a cold, slow start the tomatoes in the tunnel went on and on and we roasted and froze plenty of bags for winter use.
Likewise, once the French beans got going there was no stopping them.
The polytunnel yielded a good crop of sweet peppers and chillies and the best cucumbers we’ve ever grown.
Back to the present, we’re enjoying decent helpings of swede and turnips and plenty of parsnips. Despite the caterpillars and aphids which have loved the mild weather, the sprouts have done us proud.
We’ve had masses of delicious cabbage, including the crunchy red ‘Kalibos’, so good in winter coleslaws especially with a Greek yogurt dressing rather than mayonnaise. The kale and chard are reliable croppers. . .
. . . and the purple sprouting is very close. Yum!
We’ve made quite a dent in the leek patch – no great hardship, I LOVE them! The chervil in the photo is self-set, it just won’t stop growing.
Someone needs to tell ‘Autumn Bliss’ that it’s winter now.
And so to 2016 and a new home, new garden and new adventure, this time in Asturias in northern Spain. The land is steep, the weather warm and wet (it’s Green Spain, not the Med) and perfect for growing. I’m not planning to take too many plants but I have lifted the asparagus: after all, I started growing these from seed nearly three years ago; they had a summer in France and a summer in Shropshire and next year should be ready to eat. I just can’t leave them behind, especially as the new shoots are already pushing up.
Happy New year to everyone – may the sun shine and your harvests be plentiful, wherever you are gardening. Tales from a Spanish garden to follow! 🙂