We do have plenty to eat from our stored crops though, and today's family barbecue included Sticky Balsamic Potato Wedges and Rainbow Veggie raised crust pie, which used up some of the beetroot from the box in the garage, along with a lot of spinach
from the polytunnel. I never make hotwater crust pastry, as we don't eat lard, but using coconut oil worked very well indeed, and with the addition of a small amount of cumin and turmeric was very tasty, even if it needed carving rather than slicing!
feel I should also mention that a whole large jar of dill pickled cucumbers was consumed, mostly by one of our (adult) nephews, who declared them to be the best thing on the table... why, thank you, Aadil!
I always like to take a picture of each
plot from the gate at this time in the year, so... here they are:
Plot 146 is very wet, being slightly lower-lying than it's neighbour, and the woodchip paths need digging out as over the last seven years each layer of wood has mulched down until there
is around 10 -12 cm of rich composted material under the top layer of chippings, which makes it even wetter. That's going to be a long, hard job, but one that I shall have to start soon. The issue really is where to store all that extra compost until it is
needed for the beds in the second polytunnel. Maybe on an empty bed that isn't going to be planted up until about April time?
The Winter crops: leeks, rocket and red cabbage, with rosemary, sage, thyme and flat leaf parsley
Spring / early Summer
crops: garlic, elephant garlic, shallots and Autumn onion sets