I like autumn - Once plant production shuts down, you have so much more time... for planning.
There's a show of colour put on by nature that rivals any firework display::
Then out of the blue this Calendula by our front gate put on a last gasp effort!
|Better late than never|
As the weeds have stopped growing too and the evenings are dark there's time to pore over the seed catalogues and to plan for next year. This year was wet, cold, plagued by slugs and bugs, blighted (literally) and, all in all, a disappointment.... But next year is immune from all these disasters as you flick through the brochures.
Stepping back from the dilemma of choosing which sort of courgette to grow next year, there are more general strategy decisions: Am I growing to save cash, to get that flavour that money can't buy (carrots), or that unavailable vegetable (turnip rooted chervil), to increase biodiversity with some heirloom varieties (that will probably have a very poor yield)? Grow native plants to encourage wildlife? Am I growing as wide a variety of different veg and experimenting just for the heck of it? Guess what, I'm planning to do all these things! And so far none of my plans have been thwarted!
Next to move from planning to preparation. An allotment keeps you going the whole year round.