Autumn clear-up commences

Many summer crops are still pumping out the crops but the rocket had run amok and after flowering the leaves were no longer of any substance. So, it was time to get the choppers out and cut the bush by the compost bin back.

I’ve not done this so early in the year. That is, it had been a job I got round to later in the autumn. However, I would like the space and I am curious to see if it recovers with fresh leaves before winter sets in.

Now, at least I do have the space to plant out the final cauliflower and kales. Or maybe, as I found another small cucumber underneath the rampant rocket. But that will be harvested soon and then the work can recommence.

And the compost bin is full almost to the brim. I do hope it will go down before the other summer vegetables need to go in.


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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9 Responses to Autumn clear-up commences

  1. gaiainaction says:

    That time of year again Helen 🙂

  2. Lovely update thank you for sharing and have a blessed day

  3. Marcella Rousseau says:

    I’m getting ready to do some fall planting. I had good luck with swiss chard. It keeps coming back and it’s very tasty and good for you. It was my first time planting it and I will be planting it again in the future. I’m getting ready to plant more sugar snap peas, fava beans, and broccoli rabe. I don’t think you will have any luck with the rocket if it started flowering. It is putting its energy into flowering. But you should have luck it you plant it from seed. Good luck!

    • Helen says:

      If I don’t have luck before Christmas, the rocket will come back next year. It’s an experiment anyway 😉

      It’s too late for more peas and such like but the radishes I’ve down recently are coming up and I might just get some lettuce. I recently learned they don’t mind frost – just damp and wind. So’ll cover them up, if need be.

      • Marcella Rousseau says:

        It’s funny how some plants like the cold weather and not the hot! You would never think so! I need to check on my beets. I wonder how they are doing. They are overshadowed by my San Marzano tomatoes!

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