It's very much all change in the polytunnel - summer crops are disappearing fast and there is rather an air of abandonment there. However, far from being abandoned there is much going on and as one crop goes another soon replaces it.
|October in the polytunnel|
The Three Sisters planting of sweetcorn, round cucumbers and climbing beans has finished. It was a 2/3 success with the sweetcorn and the cucumbers doing well but not the beans. I think if I were to do this again (and that is very likely) I would need to sort out timings - the poor beans, planted at the same time as everything else could not compete with the fast growing cucumbers and there was not enough sweetcorn for them to initially climb up. Next year I will sow the sweetcorn and beans earlier, with the beans in pots. I will transplant the beans next to the sweetcorn when both are a bit bigger and sow the cucumbers later.
With these 3 plants gone the space has been manured and replanted with late leek seedlings. The man I buy the seedlings off at the market thinks I am daft wasting polytunnel space with a winter crop but I did this last year and it worked. In previous years when I have planted leek seedlings outside in October they have come to nothing. But when I planted them late in the polytunnel last year I ended up with a nice crop of small leeks in mid to late spring, when the larger outdoor ones had finished. They were only 3€ for over 50 seedlings and I got enough small leeks for plenty meals.
I will need to plant overwintering onions soon as like th elate leeks, these do not do well outside here. The bulbs are not in the shops yet which may be just as well as I want to put them where my peppers are and they are still cropping.
|Peppers galore this year ... and they've gone red!|
Outside there are still a few flowers to cheer my heart. The dahlias are beginning to look a bit raggedy although these nasturtiums have self seeded on the compost heap and obviously love it there. The final flower is the unassuming head of a parsley, gone to seed. It may not have the colour of other flowers but I love it's shape.
|Parsley Flower Head|
How is your garden looking in early October? Still full of floral and vegetable beauty or looking ready to close down for winter?
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