September 12, 2017 by Tor Park
When it’s late autumn in the garden the produce slows right down and we move to clearing, raking, seed saving, planting and planning for spring! Thanks to our lovely polytunnels we can grow salad leaves through most of the cold season, but we’ll give them (and our cold fingers) a rest in january… We’ve also shared some seasonal treats with the cafe – look out for a medlar concoction coming up in the puddings. Never heard of medlars? They are a fascinating, weird looking and yummy tasting fruit, commonplace in medieval times and out of favour now, but delicious once you put the work in…they need to be picked unripe and ‘bletted’ until they are soft, and once you pick out the stones and skin they taste like gooey toffee apples. Heaven! According to this article they are getting back in fashion… https://ind.pn/2sMdDW0
We have also been planting lovely spring bulbs all over the farm, a bit of bright colourful hope to hold in our minds over the cold winter, and sowing broad beans and garlic, those wonderful plants which unusually you can plant at this time of year.
Another great autumn task is raking and collecting leaves! If you have some room in your garden or shed you can use this fallen gold to make your own Leaf Mulch – just pop a load of leaves in a tied up bin bag with a few holes punched in the sides for airflow – leave for a couple of years and you’ll have a lovely delicate compost to use for seed sowing or to condition your soil.
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In the garden we are preparing the beds (and ourselves!) for the changing season. You can still grow loads of delicious food into the winter and beyond, so we are planting out the beds with delicious winter salads plants which you can buy in the plant shop for your own patch.
Kale is a winter staple – we have different varieties such as Cavolo Nero and Red Russian, and you can pick the leaves small for a salad mix or grow them big for cooking. Same applies to Chard – that year round favourite. These, along with all leafy greens are super good for you, full of iron and calcium to power you up.
And now a word from the lettuce family…winter sees the amazing sharp and sophisticated flavours of Chicory and Endive – slightly bitter leaves (great for the digestion, and also great to grow as the slugs don’t seem to like them!). Most varieties are Italian, so we have wonderful names like Pancallieri, Palla Rossa, Grumolo Verde, Catalogna Frastagliata.
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