For the last few days I've been dodging the showers to be out tidying up in the garden because most of my harvest is over for this year. If I'm lucky I'll get a few more handfuls of raspberries from our canes and maybe 2 more pullings of carrots. Funnily the carrots have done really well this year - just when I had decided that I'd not bother growing them again they decide to prove that they are a worthwhile crop, so they will be on my list of seeds to buy for next spring afterall.
The beetroot is also still going well and is such a pretty crop. This year I gew a variety called Chioggia which has pink and white rings when you cut it. It doesn't stain your fingers as much as the full-bodied red kind but is just as sweet and earthy to eat.
It's time to tidy up the beds and fix the protective fronts and backs - back in spring I was lazy and didn't seal up the gaps and so the cabbage white butterflies have feasted on my cabbages and broccoli - that will learn me!
I do love growing things in my garden and it's a bonus when you can eat them too. I've roasted the beetroot I picked earlier and will shortly be peeling them, tossing in some balsamic vinaigrette and eating them with some goat's cheese, salad and crusty bread for lunch.
Do you grow things to eat and if so what are your favourites?