With the mercury once more on the slide and the clocks bouncing back an hour on Sunday – the race to get all the final jobs done for 2018 is now coming to a close. This evening I made a quick sowing of the early Pea ‘Kelvedon Wonder’ which now take pride of place on the greenhouse shelving next to the Broad Beans. In many ways, these two veg bridge the gap between autumn and next spring. They tie the two seasons together and give promise to the luscious harvests to come. I plan to plant the broad beans out in mid-November if the weather and soil is clement enough; whilst the peas will continue to over winter under glass.
I am not particularly fussed if neither survive the winter – it is more an experiment to see how early the plants can reach maturity and whether it is worth the autumn sowings next year?
Throughout the garden everything is slowing down – I have a number of winter veg nearly ready for harvest including the fennel, leeks, parsnips and turnips as well as cabbage and cauliflower. I am also hanging onto a few pepper plants which still have a number of ripening fruits hanging on them. Hopefully I will get to enjoy these before the frost hits them. My aim is to over winter some of the pepper plants too! Not sure if this practical or even possible in the cold northern climate – but worth a try I’d say?
Last weekend I also took the opportunity of fine and relatively warm weather to plant two new step-over apples in the front garden, bringing my total number to eight! I’m not sure what constitutes an orchard but I can’t be too far off?
The varieties I have opted for are Winston (previously Winter King) and Pitmaston Pineapple. Both are good storers and crop quite late in the season.
Step-overs are a great way to train apple trees without taking up much room however, in reality – it is quite evident that my desire for more fruit and veg in the garden is now running into the problem of lack of space. It is certainly interesting to see just how much can be harvested from little over 20 sqm but I would prefer access to some larger beds.
Following this train of thought to its logical conclusion I have therefore made a few tentative enquires regarding allotment plots – so watch this space (quite literally)!