The last few days have actually been summery except there’s a definite chill in the air towards evening. After the weeks of rain we’ve had, it’s wonderful but next week the rain is due back.
Time on the plot has mainly been limited to weeding and harvesting. It’s as if you turn your back and the weeds grow a foot! Plot 29 is mainly in good shape now, there’s a small bed near the greenhouse that needs a hoe but otherwise it’s pretty tidy.
The large bed yielded the last of the potatoes, hardly a crop to be proud of this year. My fault, I’ve not given them the attention they required. Whatever the TV programmes might say, you don’t just plant, fade out and then cut to a bumper harvest.
I’ve dug the large bed over and will run the rotovator over it and sow some green manure. It’s too early to winter dig, the weeds will have time to grow before winter sets in, so a green manure will keep them down and help the soil when it is dug over.
There’s little point in my planting any winter brassicas etc, since we’re hoping to move. I just want to make sure that whoever gets my plots won’t have too much reason to moan about them.
The house move is not going smoothly. Our buyers are first timers and have their mortgage in place so that side is ready to go. The smallholding we’re buying is vacant so no chain on that side either. However our mortgage chap doesn’t seem to be the most efficient and even managed to give the wrong address to the building society. So it’s taken four weeks to actually get the survey arranged on the holding.
I’ve let Larry, the site rep, know I’ll be moving on and he appreciates I can’t give him a firm date until we know ourselves. Even now it could all fall through and we’d be back to the start. A tense and frustrating time for us.
Gianni will be having my large greenhouse, without his and Larry’s help I’d never have got it built. The small greenhouse will be a welcome gift for the new plotholder as will the shed on plot 5. We’ve a lot to move and I doubt I could get the glass safely across to the new place.
The squashes seem to be doing OK, I’d have liked them to be a bit further on but fingers crossed we’ll have some at least to take with us when we go.
Further down the plot the Wonderwall had half a dozen lovely cauliflowers for us and some second growth calabrese. I’m convinced the reason I’ve had such success in the Wonderwall is that it stops wind rock, which breaks the root hairs so preventing the plant from taking up nutrients. Keeping the caterpillars out is almost secondary.. almost.