So, the growing season is slowing down now, veggies and fruit are being harvested, plants have put on a beautiful show, thanks to the glorious summer we've had. So, it got me thinking: what will I do different next year?
Well, one thing is I will be erecting the second hand greenhouse I bought for £25 last week. Broken panes of glass have been replaced by ones I acquired from Freecycle. I will be using bubble wrap to hopefully keep it frost-free over Winter, so my seedlings have some protection (thankfully nothing that needs heat).
I aim to heat the greenhouse from the very beginning of April next year, as I have found that pumpkin and squash plants that I sowed at the end of April this year just hasn't performed Hopefully those few extra weeks will give me a good harvest next year.
Tomatoes. I always grow them outside, but by the end of July, they become a sprawling mess, so they will definiately be supported next year lol
One of the things I've found fascinating this year is the free plants I have received by selective weeding. I have a rule now to only remove things like couch grass etc., and leave everything else to grow until I definitely know what it is. Because of this, I've had cornflowers, poppies, lupins, love-in-a-mist, and lots of other lovelies growing. So next year, I won't be weeding like a loony (saves me a ton of time too ).
I'll also be protecting soft fruits more, as I have realised chickens can be expert problem solvers........and that they LOVE strawberries
So what will you be doing different next year? Is there something you tried for the first time this year that's really worked for you, and you'll be trying again?