The internal path divides the plot into a broad side and a narrow side. The path has been lost under piles of weeds that have never dried out with all the rain we've had this summer, so I'm excavating it:
Starting at the shed end of the wide side (on the right in the picture above) the raspberries are just finishing and the strawberries have definitely finished but require their winter tidy up now.
Next along, the broad beans and onions have gone and I'm using the space for leeks, recently planted out. Spot the remains of a row of beetroot - (lack of planning!)
|Leeks + Beetroot|
Moving along the three wigwams are runner beans barlotti beans and purple French climbing beans. Sadly the last one ended up as a mixture of leftovers - not a good idea. By the way I have two wigwams at home too (neither of which is a mixture).
|3 sisters planting?|
Next in line, the potato patch looks a bit shambolic now that the earlies have been dug up and the maincrop haulms are dying back, but I've resown the area dug up with all sorts of autumn and winter possibilities like lettuces, corn salad, radishes, sorrel, spinach beet. It was going to be green manure but I figured on growing an edible green manure instead! Also the remaining potatoes under the ground should be good judging from the healthy tops they grew. This was in sharp conntrast to the earlies which hardly managed any tops to speak of this year!
|Potato maincrop + new sowings|
Just over the wire is a riot of dwarf French beans. As usual the pods have come on strong but are rather hidden away under the leaves. Not to worry as most of these are Canadian Wonder which dries nicely to give a substantial mealy red kidney bean.
|Dwarf French Beans|
|Rhubarb + New Strawberries|
|Carrots and "other roots"|
Hope you enjoyed the tour.
There is work to be done, but this year's food returns have been secured. It remains to be seen whether in the Committee's view this to come up to the acceptable standard.