September evenings are now drawing in quickly, much quicker than I remember in my childhood days, but then again the Summer holidays from school seemed to last and last when we were children, and now it seems within a blink of an eye they are gone, as children break up for the Summer and now already they are back at school again.
So while the temperatures brought an unexpected Late August heat wave on a holiday weekend here in the UK, its now dipped back to normal with a clear chill in the air first thing in the morning.
So before the rain set it Hubby and I got to work in harvesting the potatoes, along with the ripe sweetcorn cobs, and clearing out the litter of spent brassica leaves and weeds.
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Just two rows of potatoes dug up here.
So while Hubby got digging the main crop of potatoes up, Picasso, I got busy picking sweetcorn and also pulling up the spent dwarf beans, collecting the pods for next years seed.
While Hubby dug I sorted into sizes and any damaged with the fork will be used first.
Gathering dwarf bean seeds, the rows covered in weed ..
There were also the Dwarf Beans which had finished to pull up and collect seed pods for saving next years seeds. The rows had got covered in weeds and so this area of the plot needed a good weeding and clearing out.
It’s very satisfying when its all cleared and raked, I also went under the Brussels sprouts clearing out decaying leaves.
Cleared area after pulling up the dwarf bean rows
Ladybird bug feasting on the aphids and white fly
Look closely for the ladybugs on the left photo, making a meal of eating the aphids.These little creatures are a gardeners friend, although the invasive species of the Harlequin Bug are now wiping out our UK Ladybird bug..
Sweetcorn ready to go into freezer.
Our sweetcorn has done exceptionally well this year, with the heat and often heavy rainfall which would fall in the night. On the left here you see 40 cobs ready for the freezer. There were cobs still ripening ready to be harvested. Quite a lot, but when we went to collect today it seems our thief had got there first leaving only six small ones..
We are having problems with produce being stolen again on the plot.. We had onions go, and the odd cabbage, broad beans we knew were ripe also went. You do not mind the odd thing missing but when they take a lot.. or a whole row.. It can be quite soul destroying when you put so much time and effort into your plot to grow your own veggies.. We have thought of putting our Motion camera on the plot, but as this was a gift we do not want this stolen, as we get a lot of pleasure watching the hedgehogs roam on our garden during the night via watching the play back.
Hedgehog out earlier in the Summer on our patio
I have no problems sharing, we always plant more than we need and give family and neighbours that which we cannot store.
I would gladly give produce away rather than someone think its there right to take it.. Though I am under no illusions people have no qualms with taking what is not theirs.. I just hope they enjoyed what they have taken.. They obviously must need it more than we do.. So we keep planting more than we need .. And are thankful we can do so.
So until next time.
Take care.. and be thankful for what you have, for there are always those less fortunate than ourselves..
Through the Sweetcorn view of plot