I love taking photos of my greenhouse from this angle but if you look closely you’ll see that the bed to the front left and indeed the path in front is actually littered with weeds and rubble. There’s also a box of pears and the last apples. Yes, it is the great autumn garden clean up!
I don’t normally like to show photos of my garden in a total mess but in all honesty it’s been very untidy all summer due to ‘shed works’ and only Adam doing the majority of the gardening.
The clean up this autumn has been particularly hard because I’ve been nesting at home getting ready for the new arrival. Nesting has involved everything from clearing cupboards to decorating whole rooms! Then of course the weather has been hit and miss, some weekends are lovely and I manage to get outside to potter and some weekends are dire so I stick to DIY. Of course, when I say ‘I’ it really means Adam too because there’s a lot of things I just don’t have the physical strength to do. So yes, I’ve definitely been clearing cupboards but Adam has been on the DIY duties, so that means very little time for the garden.
Ah, there’s my lovely heuchera! We really enjoyed ripping the annuals and weeds out of this bed. In the spring and summer it was full of foxgloves, which looked great but did swamp all the other plants, killing all my heathers and the Christmas tree didn’t survive either. I’ll have to watch out for that next year.
The remnants of the old shed littered the front of the allotment for weeks, as did weeds and general ‘mess’ that I was just unable to shift due to my baby bump.
Clearing out the courgettes was a real highlight because these beautiful pumpkins appeared underneath the foliage (so did a hanging basket that I’d ‘lost’!)
Last year my attempts with pumpkins failed due to the damp summer, so I went a little overboard with the planting this year hoping that I’d get at least one. All the seedlings fared well and my patch resembled something similar to a jungle. I’m delighted with all the pumpkins now of course.
The squash plants produced some interesting shapes too, a lot of the plants had rotted so we had to pick some of them before I would have liked but they are making the best ever autumn harvest display in my kitchen.
Adam brought the little orange pumpkin (below) home in July. He was really happy about our ’round courgette’! They’re green when they’re growing of course, hence the mix up, so it spent a few months ripening in a cupboard.
There’s always something to do in the garden but at this time of year I find it particularly demanding. With the darker evenings it means there’s only really the weekends to get out there. Along with the clean up there’s also all the bulb planting… and my winter containers…. and window boxes to finish. It’s very exciting but this year it’s also very difficult!
What have you been doing in your garden over the last few weeks? Do you find there’s a lot to do in the garden at this time of year?