Before we started to work on the plot beds: D on the potato bed and me on the Legumes bed, we were visited by a Painted Lady butterfly on her way to North Africa (we think), she was magnificent. We both felt blessed to have her on site and even more fortunate to capture on camera.
Some of the Autumn sunflowers are still standing their ground, others have well and truly been bashed by the wind and rain.
These were the two main beds that we put our physical energy into: digging, weeding and raking over. On the left the potato bed, and on the right the legumes bed.
Here is a progress shot of the fenugreek I planted about a fortnight ago. There plot is still productive. Still growing are lettuces, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, broccoli, turnips, raspberries, as well as
Rainbow and Bright Lights Swiss chard doing extremely well.
Canary and ruby chard.
Brussels sprouts getting bigger every time I look at them.
Red Marner cabbage have been a little disappointing, they are the size of an eating apple.
Unfortunately, I can' quite remember what type of cabbage this is. The slugs seem be liking it though.
My musselburgh leeks at slowly fattening.
These are Fuseau Jerusalem artichokes. Look how tall they have become! We did cut them down, and whilst digging the potatoes, D also managed to dig some Jerusalem artichokes, they were not at all nobbly, but smooth.
He also dug up the last of the Desiree potatoes.
and King Edward potatoes. All of which are now stored away in jute bags.
Last month I showed you a picture of these thistle heads in their full glory, now the cardoon flowers are starting to lose their royal colour. The marigolds are still doing very well and so are the nasturtium flowers.
I decided to cut down those sunflowers that had been treated harshly by the weather, saving the sunflower heads of course, to dry for bird food in the near future. The stalks of the sunflowers are quite hard and take a long time to compost down, so we will at some point be having a bonfire on the plot, so we can burn them with some of the weeds.
There is still quite a lot to do on the plot, but for now I think we've had a good day down on the allotment plot.