Yesterday, the weather was balmy and I ripped out the last of the withered tomato plants and the remarkably still happy tomatillos.
I'm pretty stoked with this crop of tomatillos. All self seeded from plants I grew from Paulette the season before. I'll be making lots of salsa from these tangy treats. And the last of the green tomatoes will sit on the window sill to begrudgingly turn red. Those guys are best slowly roasted with olive oil and oregano to draw out any lingering flavour.
Wooden stakes are pulled out and damp ends left to dry out in the sun. The beds are weeded and given a jolly good digging over with compost and manure. Then raked over to create that lovely fine tilth ready for sowing broad beans, spinach and mustard greens.
Meanwhile weeds, ones like nettle and dock, are thrown into a bucket along with some comfrey leaves. These special weeds are known as dynamic accumulators, meaning they suck up certain nutrients out of the soil and store them in their leaves.
Too good to waste, I throw them into a large bucket add some water to make weed tea. In a few weeks I'll have a really stinky brew to dilute and feed the garden, with the sludge added to the compost pile, to be dug into the soil next autumn. When I'll be out doing these same satisfying chores again next year.
Have you been out in the garden lately? Do you fancy a cup of weed tea?