Back home after a fortnight's holiday to find a cobweb festooned greenhouse, cuttings that have got on with their business silently sending out roots, the first piles of discarded leaves and gleaming red berries which have appeared out of nowhere. The allotment remains undiscovered terrain until tomorrow and goodness knows what has been going on there whilst my back has been turned. New seed catalogues have landed on the doormat along with some gardening magazines. There seems to be a myriad of jobs to catch up on but for once the weather looks as if it is going to oblige with predictions of the warmest spell of early autumn weather for some twenty five years! What an unexpected surprise. So this week feeling reinvigorated after breathing in both sea and country air I am going to :
- sort out the cold frame and make sure that all pots are labeled before the onset of winter. No more guessing games next spring.
- make sure that I sort out and send off my spring bulb orders. This year I am going to be restrained and not bite off more than I can chew.
- get my order off for some garlic cloves.
- start making some inroad into eating some of the potatoes which I harvested from the allotment before we went away.
- make a list of what will need sheltering in the greenhouse 'ere the winter storms begin.'
- start making inroads into clearing one of the raised beds at the allotment which has had permanent planting in up to now.
- check to see whether there are any seeds that can be saved.
- gently brush away those cobwebs as they can prevent overwintering butterfly chrysalis from emerging in the spring.
Think that's enough for one week. What are your plans for early autumn?