Thursday, September 10, 2009
The three sisters patch is finished, nothing but dead corn and weeds. The beans are picked, shelled and stored, and I only got one mini pumpkin from the patch, so it will need improving next year: protect the pumpkin plants early on, plant the corn much closer together and make a big stack of manure to feed everything.
Another interesting spot is the herb garden. It is flourishing, probably because I weeded it more this year! It has given me an excellent supply all summer of tarragon, parsley, mint and thyme (a big jar of dried thyme for all my winter stews, pan fried potatoes, pork roasts, yum yum). I planted sage this year and they have done very well, several shrubs of it which I hope will live through winter. I made a little flower bed next to the shed this year with some compost and a few roof tiles and I am thinking of transforming it into another herb bed: there is already one sage in there and I could add marjoram, any other suggestions?
I am as always positive about the next season. Perhaps you are a true gardener at heart when you look among the spent bean plants, the empty onion bed, the shrivelled pumpkin vines and you are already thinking of where to plant the winter garlic, what beans to grow next year, what those irises will look like when they reappear in the spring. And the sight of a huge pile of manure gives you an erection... well almost.
I hope all the other gardeners have had just as good a season as I have had and are ready to attack the ripping out, cutting down, digging over that is the gardener's lot in the autumn. I can't wait.
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