With a distinct morning chill in the air, autumn seems to be well on its way. Whilst we’re still hoping that the warmer weather will last just a bit longer – we have some important projects to finish before we can cope with cold weather again – it’s probably about time that we share a well overdue update on how our fruit and veg is doing (and has done!) this year.
This is what our garden looked like in April when we first shared our planting fruit and veg plans for the year with you.
It’s come a long way since then and – although we didn’t do a huge amount of maintenance – it’s still been a fairly successful year so far.
As always, some things were more successful than others.
Our raspberries this year were absolutely amazing. We had so many that, we shared a load of them with our lovely neighbours and still had too many to eat!
They grow in our front garden and while we really don’t mind people picking a few in passing, this year for the first time (the first time we know of at least) something kind of bizarre happened.
One afternoon when we just returned back from doing some shopping, one of our neighbours came over and told us that there had been a woman picking our raspberries. We’re not talking a handful or two, we’re talking filling a whole big bag of our raspberries.
Apparently our neighbour who confronted her said that she just thought we wouldn’t mind.
Yeah, so it’s not the end of the world, but it’s still just really weird.
Our blackberries are also doing really well this year.
They’re in our front garden, too – but they don’t seem to be a popular with the passers-by as our raspberries were!
If you follow us in Instagram, you may have seen that we already harvested a bumper crop of shallots a while ago. After letting them dry, we now have a huge bunch of them tied together in our orangery dodgy little porch at the side of our house.
The same goes for a huge amount of onions
and a load of garlic, too.
Last week, we finally also harvested our carrots.
They’re a bit misshapen and wonky, but I’ve already tried them and they are delicious.
So, let’s be honest… have you ever pinched anyone’s fruit or veg out of the front garden? Do you grow fruit and veg in the garden? Do you have any planting tips for us?