Ends and beginnings

Finally, we have come to the end of last year’s potato harvest… not bad for such a small space. This is all that’s left:

Just a few little Mira and Milva in the bottom of the last box

Just a few little Mira and Milva in the bottom of the last box

I think I might plant them and see what they can produce!

Thank you farmers!

Thank you farmers!

Of course, having money and living where we do, the end of our own crop does not mean that we have nothing left to eat: a trip to our local organic shop replenished our stock of potatoes. It does make me think, though, of people who do have to be self-reliant and the challenges they must face in providing for their families throughout the year. Big thanks to our local farmers for ensuring that we can continue to eat. The gap between now and our own new potatoes being ready to eat is only a few months, but it would be long enough to starve in.

Ready for potting up

Ready for potting up

Today, however, is also a day for moving another crop forwards. The peppers and chillies are now ready to be potted up and moved out of the propagator. Tomorrow, we will take some of them over to my sister for her to grow on in her lovely new garden, complete with greenhouse. We’ll also be taking her some chitted potatoes so that she can plant them out in her newly prepared beds. I do love this time of year for its new beginnings.

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  1. I’m a little behind but this morning the chillies had started to show green above the soil. And I have enough cauliflowers to sink a battleship. But all is sprouting here to. It is a great time of year. 🙂

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    • I love sowing seeds and seeing the green shoots appear. I’m not planting anything else, though, until next week! Mustn’t get seduced by a few days of sunshine 😉

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      • I know… I am just using this to catch up and make sure all the beds are ready. Still, it is nice to see the new growth coming. Getting frosts at night though.

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  2. I’m looking forward to seeing how the Aussie peppers do in the Welsh climate. Down here, we’re slowly drifting into autumn, and I’m looking forward to it being cool enough to grow a few things which prefer less heat.

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  3. You’re ahead of me… this year’s peppers are only two inches tall… although the pepper plant I saved from last year and kept in a pot indoors seems to be producing new fruit – not sure whether they’ll ripen in March. Isn’t this time of year lovely? Lots of lovely veg to germinate in preparation for the season ahead…

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    • Oh, mine are not much bigger. I love keeping them over the winter – they are perennials after all – but this year I only seem to have managed to save chilli plants so a spicy year is in prospect!

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  4. New beginnings I like that. Thank you for what you said to me.

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    • I’m trying very hard to focus on new beginnings right now, but the past does have a way of creeping up on me. Still, I expect things will get easier with time. I hope all is well with you now.

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