The winter onion bed is now empty, the last few are drying in the garage. They have been really good this year, well worth putting in even though onions are so cheap in the shops. I have filled the bed up to the top with some soil improver that I kept back for the purpose.
The pumpkins and tomatillos in the hugelkultur bed at the back of the picture look nice and green and are growing well. The squashes are a bit crowded now in what seemed like loads of room when I put them in. The book did say 3ft between plants but I didn't really believe it.
But the sweet peas have been, and still are magnificent this year, in both sight and smell.
I took the old strawberry plants out today. I felt a bit traitorous because they have performed well for me, but the next generation is doing a good job in the "new" bed, and I shouldn't anthropomorphise, they are only plants after all. I decided against keeping some of the newer plants from that bed, as there is plenty in the new bed and I don't want to start another strawberry bed somewhere else.
I picked 4lbs of gooseberries from MGG's plot as he was fed up with getting scratched and torn from picking. My gooseberries died in the flood last year and my new plants are just babies yet and produced a total crop of two berries, so MGG kindly offered his surplus to me.. Well really, to anybody who was hard enough to brave the thorns. So after rubbing some Savlon onto my arms and hands I am going to make gooseberry jelly.
While I was weeding I came across this character...