Bountiful Autumn and help in the garden

So far Autumn has truly been bountiful in the garden and if the apple harvest is anything to go by it will keep on coming! This past month we have been very lucky to finally find some help too, for the heavy work and the gardening.

Beech tree on first day of Autumn

Beech tree on first day of Autumn

I have started to puree the apples and in one week some friends who also have orchards, will arrive to make juice and cider. All on a home made basis of course and with more help from neighbours and friends as I still can’t do much physically. The bounty is vast!

Thank goodness for Peter, the new gardener and Aggi the tree felling and general muscle man. We now have help in the garden. After a few false starts; people turning up but not working, people not turning up, people coming for one week and then not turning up for 3 weeks …. you get the jist. Anyway, in the end I took on someone with horticultural and years of experience. Peter started last week and has saved my bacon as the potager was getting so bad. It was making me ill just looking at it.

Basil and tomatoes in the greenhouse

Basil and tomatoes in the greenhouse

The heavy works was done by Aggi who valiantly worked through the rain (unheard of I know, reliable and polite to boot)  to chop to a feasible height the laurel hedge in the potager that had outgrown itself and was depriving my garden of light.  He also pruned ash & oak trees, cleared old apples trees and trimmed and tidied the potager hedges. We have a huge pile of wood to burn for November! The old branches went to neighbours and friends who have wood burning stoves.

Tomatoes of every colour this year

Tomatoes of every colour this year

I now feel relief, excitement at the new planting plans Peter and I will start to plot and grateful that in the end karma comes round.

Fig leaf coco ice-cream

So I have had more time to cook and experiment with my fruit & vegetables. A new one for me, fig leaf ice-cream.

Autumn has been bountiful for us, and not just in what the garden is giving up, but also sending good people to help us. Can’t ask for more than that, except better health! 🙂

Chocolate cake experimenting with raw food

Chocolate cake experimenting with raw food was another enjoyable bake :)

 

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