And annoying neighbours burning wet leaves and effectively smoking you out of your own garden. I tell you, if I wasn’t so tired from all I have done today, and interested in rotting my leaves down for soil improvement purposes… I would return the favour. When their washing is on the line. Just saying.
Anyway… Autumn is officially here. The nights are drawing in, the leaves are turning brown and falling off (they don’t really turn pretty colours in the UK… they just go brown and hit the deck), and in theory, the garden should be full of stuff to harvest and store for the winter. Obviously, this year we haven’t had a chance to really get our garden producing anything much because we haven’t been in it long enough. I can tell you we have had a lovely crop of tomatoes, our chilli peppers are looking great, we have some aubergines (eggplants) coming on in the greenhouse, we have had 6 cucumbers from 1 plant, which I think is pretty awesome… Over all, I am really happy with what we have managed to produce.
But… ooh the plans that I have. First of all though we need to dispose of a box hedge which is in the way, and then I am going to dig myself a veg patch. We are going to grow those veggies which we love to eat – peas, beans, courgettes, pumpkins, onions, lettuce, radishes, potatoes (but in bags, not in the ground), carrots (the same as the potatoes), beetroot, spinach, maybe I will try some brussels sprouts (though maybe not… cos they can be tricky little blighters.) The patch is going to have a border of dwarf fruit trees (which we already have and which are currently in pots) and a little fence as well – with strawberries growing by the little fence as well. Can you picture it?
One of the beds which currently houses a whole load of fuschias (shudder – I loathe the things) and other assorted items which have self seeded there, will be cleared and it will become my medicinal herb bed, with a backdrop of the most gorgeous peonies. Lots of lovely things will grow there… and will no doubt feature in future blog posts as well!
All of the specimen plants which can be moved, will be transplanted across the lawn to the perennial border. That needs a serious haircut on all fronts. And I have some bay trees which have got all wild and wooly this year and need significant taming. (I wish it looked half as nice as the one in the picture at Sheringham Park!! Maybe in a few years time…!)
So, autumn might be the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness… but it is also the time for fervent planning and plotting, as well as dreaming of future produce. So tonight I shall dream of full cornucopia… and a medicine cabinet full of home made remedies.