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At last! A spell of dry weather - and it's even warm and sunny at times too! The site is buzzing with activity as everyone makes the most of the weather and gets on with all those jobs they couldn't face doing in the dismal weather of August
and everything, and buckets of basil for pasta sauces. I always mean to get round to making my own pesto - it's so simple! - but time slips away and before I know it I'm grabbing what's left of the annuals to try to make the most of them before the frosts finish
and barbecues. It's supposed to be getting better in September; I'm quietly hopeful but not making any plans just yet.But back to my lovely, though largely untouched, lettuces. I started them all off in cells (this method makes it so much easier to protect them
Hooray - it's officially turning wintry! We've had a couple of good sharp frosts - the kind that make your scalp shrink with the cold, and knock all those leaves that have been hanging onto the trees rather annoyingly off in one fell swoop
I always leave my crop rotation plan to the last minute. I guess I'll just have to accept the fact that I'm one of life's 'last minuters' and get on with doing my rotation plan at the eleventh hour yet again.However late, I do always make sure I
' but it doesn't half look pretty. And we're usually inundated with beans, so a few less just makes the crop more manageable for us and our dainty, girlie appetites. We wish!
, warm and cosy at home. The cold reality of the biting, bleak days to come may make them become something that can wait a while!
I am ashamed to admit that I still haven't got all my garlic in. I know the experts say I should have planted it in October or November, but I got a bit distracted by the apple harvest from a neighbour's garden, and spent all my time making jam
organic matter added to them. The richness of manured soil causes the roots to fork, becoming terrifically deformed and a nightmare to prepare for the pot. But they are really good for the kids' 'make an animal from a vegetable' competitions.My root beds
valuable nectar and pollen for visiting insects. During the summer months it's important to take precautions against the sun and heat. I always make sure I wear plenty of sunscreen and take a large bottle of water to drink from. I've started visiting