Hi Adam, how are things going in the garden at HQ?
Things are going well, gardeners are very much seasonal creatures, working in line with nature and as the leaves change colour on the trees, we too are winding down. Finishing the last important jobs of the current growing season and preparing for the next year ahead.
I always find shovelling mounds of home-made compost and woodchip such a satisfying job in the autumn.
What produce have we been harvesting this month?
It's been an incredibly warm, if not worryingly warm October here at HQ and things are still growing well. We are still harvesting chard, kale, salad crops, soft herbs and even the tomatoes in the polytunnel are still going strong.
What are we planting during the autumn months?
We have now planted our over-wintered vegetables such as onions, garlic, broad beans, peas and brassicas and are now concentrating on cover crops to help add fertility and protect the soil over winter, which is often overlooked.
What are some top jobs you suggest people tackle in their gardens during the autumn months?
Autumn is a good time of year to make compost, gather up all your green (nitrogen) and brown (carbon) materials and start collecting leaf mulch. Your vegetables will thank you for it!
What’s your favourite thing about this season?
It's satisfying putting the vegetable beds to rest after a busy season and having time to plan for the following year ahead, as well as concentrating on any infrastructure or landscaping projects.
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