When I arrived on site this morning and parked my car in my usual spot (no one else will dare park in my spot, it’s got my name on it and everything), there staring at me as bold as brass was a fox. Why it was out at that time of the morning I have no idea. I got out the car and it didn’t run away, but just stared at me as I put on my wellingtons and got all my bits together. It only sauntered off when I shut the car door. We do have a family of foxes on the site, but you never see them….that is until today.
I only had a couple of hours on my plots today, so I needed to make the most of that short time. It’s surprising what you can get done in such a short time though. Firstly I throughly weeded and them manured the Rhubarb bed where I pulled up the last of this years crop the day before. I’ll leave the rest to grow as it likes and then die back over the winter. It’s done really well again this year. To keep your crop healthy year on year, make sure you give it a huge amount of manure over the winter and then it’s very happy and will reward you the following year.
I then moved onto the bed that has the Horseradish and Globe Artichokes in. I cut down all the old artichoke stems, the flowers had finished and bees were no longer buzzing in them. They’ve done their turn this year, so now it’s time for them to rest over the winter. Cut back the old stems and remove any of the old leaves. Next year new ones will grow, in fact they have started to grow already. I’m sure one year I’ll harvest the artichoke hearts but for now I’ll let the bees have the flowers.
Well that’s it for today. The weekend is busy with lots going on, next week at the moment looks fairly calm, but I’m sure that’ll change.