The end of September saw both my hubby and I busy getting the allotments straight for our short break away in Scotland so it would be low maintenance upon our return.. Little did we think it would be so mild.. or that in England the rain coupled with the mild weather give our newly cleared weed free allotments time to grow. But as we all know weeds seem to have a growth spurt known only to themselves.. So we still had plenty to keep us busy when we returned.. Our time in Scotland on the other hand was Sunny and dry, not one drop of rain did we have until the day we departed for home.
There was much to do still, as the tomatoes had all about finished, and I made lots of fresh tomato soup daily as my husband cleared out the greenhouses both at home and on the allotments. A tasty fresh tomato recipe can be found here. on my recipe pages.
The next thing we did was gather up the squashes.
For what ever reason, this year has not been half as good as last year for our butternut squashes.. They have not really ripened and many were decaying and going bad.. In fact those you see we put to ripen on the window ledge a third have already have had to be thrown away..
I spied this lone Nasturtium amid the Squashes.. A splash of Gold amid the leaves..
The Autumn raspberry canes were cut back down to the ground.. The Spring ones we did in the beginning of September as I showed you below how we had thinned out the old shoots and spaced them and tied them to the frame.. We have since cut back the tops to the top of the wooden framework.
And no Autumn post would be complete with out a few Autumn pictures. So here is a local walk we often do to a wild life lake close by.
This week has dropped colder and we have had our first overnight frost.. I gathered in what was the last of the Dahlia’s I think, they have given me a tremendous amount of pleasure this Summer and Autumn and an abundance of flowers which have been share between family and neighbours.
As the garden winds down for the year, my craft work will now come out. My Knitting and Artwork will replace the gardening.. And already I am well into a knitting project which I will share when it is finished.