Harvest festival... and a bit of planting

Our first frost was last night and it felled most of the dahlias and cosmos, which were looking splendid the day before. This is a bit earlier than in previous years - usually around bonfire night. Always a bit sad and it feels like winter is on the way. But we did some harvesting and also planting for next year, which seems a bit more forward looking.

We haven’t grown shelling beans before. We tried several kinds including Greek giganti (white butter bean like) and borlotti and a couple of mystery ones from a volunteer. Not exactly a giganti crop but they are very pretty. Maybe we should grow them just for making ear rings…

We haven’t grown shelling beans before. We tried several kinds including Greek giganti (white butter bean like) and borlotti and a couple of mystery ones from a volunteer. Not exactly a giganti crop but they are very pretty. Maybe we should grow them just for making ear rings…

Most of our winter squash crop taking the air - they were getting a bit damp in the club hut. All selected for taste: Queensland Blue, Crown Prince, Musquee de Provence and (I think) Blu Kuri. They will be moved somewhere less damp and used for community eating over the next few months.

Most of our winter squash crop taking the air - they were getting a bit damp in the club hut. All selected for taste: Queensland Blue, Crown Prince, Musquee de Provence and (I think) Blu Kuri. They will be moved somewhere less damp and used for community eating over the next few months.

We did a bit of re-planting of the mini-beast mansion top with some sedums and alpine strawberries, grown from seed. If anyone has any spare pasque (pulsatilla) plants, we’d love some. We have one lonely plant, which has done well but could do with some friends. We also planted up around the water tower, including with a self-layered clematis.

We did a bit of re-planting of the mini-beast mansion top with some sedums and alpine strawberries, grown from seed. If anyone has any spare pasque (pulsatilla) plants, we’d love some. We have one lonely plant, which has done well but could do with some friends. We also planted up around the water tower, including with a self-layered clematis.