Another example of a blog post, to show how they stack in the feed.

We have had a good season in the Potager and are busy lifting the potatoes and stringing up the onions and shallots, which have been dried off in the sheds. The Brussels and leeks are also bulking up nicely, ready for the winter months ahead.

The fruit trees have also done well, especially after last year’s poor harvest with lots of juicy plums and pears and a bumper crop of apples. We let the young apple trees in the orchard fruit for the first time this year and were not disappointed with the results. A lot of the apples on the walls, were turned into apple juice and the rest stored in the Apple Shed.

A new project we are doing this autumn is the bulb planting in the orchard. The central apple tree in the wheel shaped tree planting is propagated from the original Isaac Newton tree and to celebrate his work in light refraction, we have planted bulbs to represent the colours of the prism using Narcissi, Fritillaria, Muscari, Tulips, Iris and Scillas. This planting, hopefully will flower the same time as the daffodils making it a really colourful time in late April (as long as we don’t have a spring like last year when everything was several weeks late).

We have also planted Narcissi, Tulips and Anemones in the Double Herbaceous Border to add colour in the spring time while the herbaceous plants are emerging from their winter rest.

This season sees us propagating some of our daffodils by chipping, to increase our stocks of Backhouse bred and historical varieties, some of which are quite rare. This will help to conserve these varieties for future generations to enjoy.

As with all gardens with lots of trees, we have plenty of leaves to move. All of them are reused, either by using as a mulch at the back of shrubberies where they smother the weeds and quietly rot down or by stacking in wire enclosed heaps to rot down for a couple of years before going back on the beds or using as potting compost.