This week, in the (nearly) autumn garden –
We're still picking tomatoes like crazy. I thought they were done but they still just keep coming! I've heard folks complain about hornworms and blight this year but we were spared both of those and have a bumper crop of tomatoes. There are still lots of green ones on the vine so I suspect we'll have many more tomatoes next week.
We really have to keep on top of picking them or the squirrels get to them first. Those pesky squirrels take a bite out of each tomato and leave the rest on the vine! Fortunately the chickens don't seem to mind eating squirrel leftovers.
We had a light frost one night earlier in the week and it got to some of our patio plants,
.. but the fig tree, which is in a pot against the red brick wall, was fine!
A visit to the bee yard confirmed that everyone and everything is getting ready for the coming winter. The bees are busy kicking the boys out (such an interesting thing to see, those boys being dragged out by their sisters – poor, poor drones), raising their autumn brood, filling up those empty frames with honey for the winter, and working hard at making their home air-tight for the cold season to come.
Still to do this week and next: pot up the geraniums and tender herbs to bring indoors for the winter, set up the cold frame and plant next spring's lettuce, plant the garlic (I always forget - do you plant garlic on the waxing or waning moon?), spread the compost, and work on a new garden bed for next year's planting (I'm going to give the no-till gardening method a try).
In the meantime, we're bringing some dried flowers inside to enjoy,
.. and saving seeds in anticipation of next year's garden.