Late harvest

by Pippa Greenwood

The sun is shining, I can't believe it, and I'm pretty sure my plants can't believe it either!

Courgette flowerThe sun is shining, I can't believe it, and I'm pretty sure my plants can't believe it either! The warmer soil and increased light intensity have made a massive difference to my garden. Only now, towards the end of September has my vegetable plot suddenly sprung into life. The mildew-ridden courgette plants have been busy sprouting golden yellow blooms and tender courgettes - thank goodness I didn't give up and consign them to the compost heap in August. They're probably more productive now than they have been for the last ten or twelve weeks. I felt all the more smug when I saw the price of three none-too-sprightly looking organic courgettes in the supermarket yesterday, which is testament to the fact that each and every one of us should grow veg if at all possible.

The warmer weather won't last though, and I will be replacing my rather aged collection of horticultural fleece this autumn. It has looked like faded and discoloured laundry for the last 18 months. So now, with the potential to extend much of my veg plot's cropping life for a good few weeks more, I must get some more!

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Gardeners' World Web User 26/09/2008 at 19:50

my corgettes have been doing well for the last 2months, must be the sunny seaside weather!

Gardeners' World Web User 26/09/2008 at 22:35

I'd love to know what I can start growing now - either to produce veg for the winter - or to get ready for spring.

Gardeners' World Web User 28/09/2008 at 21:00

I am new to growing veg being lucky enough to buy a house in an acre of land last December. We quickly got to work digging some veggy beds not thinking that we would yield much this year. To my surprise we have had a good crop of spinach and a whole sack of potatoes. Despite the beds being flooded (up to a foot of water) twice over the summer, the marrows have been amazing and I now have a few dozen jars of marrow chutney! My next challenge is to try to germinate some parsnips next year as they failed to even get going - any tips?

Gardeners' World Web User 29/09/2008 at 16:56

Discovered recently that you can extend the life of horticultural fleece by machine washing (in a net bag) at 40 degrees. Comes out like new!

Gardeners' World Web User 30/09/2008 at 09:44

At the end of this month i am going to sow some broad beans for an early crop next year, i will of course have to protect them as the frosts appear but theres nothing like fresh beans covered in a lovely white sauce on a cold spring day.

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