raspberryfool: (Gardening)
I've mentioned before that I'm overwintering some chilli plants, so last week I dug out the three-foot beauty that had fruited well and placed it in the dining room. Next out was a foot-high Jalepeno (I think!), which had also done exceptionally well in the garden. I decided not to worry with sweet peppers as I only saw three fruit which never ripened. The rest - and the tomatoes - are still alive under my covers which is remarkable and they all seem cold-tolerant. I even picked a handful of tomatoes in various stages of ripeness. One touch of frost will finish them off though; that's if we ever get one!

The compost bin was full and considering it had been filled and re-filled since March, it was time to empty it. So I removed the half-decayed top material and dug through the lower half of the council dustbin I've co-opted for the purpose. The material had completely decayed - no doubt helped by the worms - and nothing except some sticks and moss were recognisable in the black substance. It didn't smell of anything much, just a little earthy. Anyway, I forked out most of it and mulched the rhubarb, whitecurrant and gooseberry bushes, and left the remainder atop the bare earth of the beds. I then re-filled the bin with layers of half-rotted compost, lilac leaves, grass and weeds, which I've stored in plastic bags for the purpose. I'll expect some wonderful fruit come summer!

I also slightly extended the west-of-the-plum-tree plot, digging the lawn turf carefully and replacing some dead patches on the oh-so-mossy lawn. I want to renew the lawns anyway, but don't see why good (ish!) turf should go to waste. Digging is much easier now we've had some rain.
raspberryfool: (Gardening)
I can't believe it's the end of September already. the lovely warm and sunny days have been brilliant, but winter is coming and I've started to clean up the garden in preparation for the long, dark days ahead. cut for waffle... )