It was lovely and warm this weekend and the sun was actually shining – unbelievable, I know! The opportunity to sort out the garden without getting soaked was just too good to miss.
We started our winter proofing by taking care of our tomato plants. They started out really well in spring, but because it’s been such a miserable summer none of the cherry tomatoes have ripened.
Not looking too happy, are they? We decided to cut our losses and harvest the remaining green ones and then remove the plants. These are the tomatoes we harvested.
We’ve put some of them in a paper bag together with a banana which apparently ripens them. We’ll keep you updated on our success.
The space where the tomatoes were is a bit bare now.
We are planning to sow green manure in the areas where we have no plants. This should enrich the soil over the winter months and stop any weeds growing.
Sadly we also removed all of our courgettes and pumpkin plants. They were a complete catastrophe this year and didn’t produce anything!
Improving our lawn small patches of grass was also a priority this weekend. We started scratching away all the loose growth and thatch to let light in, and then we aerated the grass by digging a fork into it to make holes across the area.
Finally we applied some autumn lawn feed. It’s meant to strengthen the roots and remove moss, so that it will be stronger and healthier next year.
On a slightly more positive note, this sunflower has now appeared. A bit weird as it’s almost November, but better late than never!
There are still a few more things to sort in the garden before it gets really cold, but at least we’ve made a start on getting things sorted.