Another summer gone and autumn planting started. It has been a very difficult season for gardeners, growers, and farmers alike. Reading our village newsletter opened my eyes to the number of people involved in harvesting farm crops.
"Agricultural engineers, tractor drivers combine drivers, corn merchants, store men, bin levelers, lorry drivers, fuel deliverers, headland mowers, and then those preparing for the new season, ploughmen, seed merchants, those sowing new ground, rollers and soil packers."
This can not be very different from the number of people involved in producing my packet of seeds, and all of us were hoping for good weather to plant, grow and harvest. I have been very lucky with some fruit and veg while other crops have been a disaster. The best this year was my greenhouse crops especially the grafted ones, gooseberries, raspberries, rhubarb and blueberries also did very well.
The potatoes in grow sacks were good and missed the blight, so did the tomatoes. My melon and aubergine Ivory were excellent, but a lot of the exhibitors at our local show were very limited to the veg they managed to display. Potatoes had scab and brussels were non existent .
I have tackled jam making and pickling this year and I am waiting to do the chutney. The ground has now been cleared for broad bean Aquadulce Claudia and Elephant garlic for next years crops.
Quote from The six villages newsletter by Reverend Nigel