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late autumn in the garden



There's something very satisfying about working in the garden at this time of year.  The end of autumn means it's time for a big tidy up in the patch and it's satisfying because the results can be seen immediately.  Barrow loads of finished plants are piled onto the compost heap and scrappy growth cut back to create a garden that, whilst not the lush picture of fecundity of spring and summer, is a clean and tidy (ish) slate to start planting and sowing again.


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?





8 comments:

  1. It was so warm here yesterday and today is grey and rainy so I'm regretting my laziness in not getting the veggie patch tidied up. I'm wondering if you can tell me anything about planting tomatillos? I have one sitting on my window sill waiting to go in, but have no idea about how they like to be planted or when. Thanks, Cate

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    1. Hi Cate! They seem really easy to grow - and prolific. Here's a good guide I found ::

      http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/tomatillo-growing-guide

      Cheerio

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    2. Thanks Michelle, I'm off to check out that link!

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  2. Beautiful. I love your gorgeous photo of all those tomatillos. I have never made weed tea with these dynamic accumulators. Fascinating! I am about to start our garden for the summer out here and may have to look up this awesome porridge of ideas you have here. xo

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    1. Thank you Rebecca! Do eat tomatillos? Such an exciting time starting a summer garden - Enjoy!
      x

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  3. Lovely Michelle, we are finally getting some long overdue rain. So, not much gardening today, just watching the vegetables soak it up. Cooking instead :)

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    1. Sounds perfect Jane ! We've had such a dry autumn, yesterday I had to water the compost heap it was so dusty. Enjoy that rain x

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  4. Just look at that light in your first photo - lovely! xx

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