So it seems that for this year at least, November is the new September: the mild weather in October and early November has meant a prolonged harvest of leafy and rooty crops (my leaf beet Erbette is especially still going strong, probably another 30kg ready to pick right now, plus the regrowth from earlier pickings). And as well as the picking, I have also been gallivanting around meeting people and taking part in seminars, which has been brilliant. On Monday 23rd I was in Ireland, in Athlone, talking to a combination of Irish Organic Growers, Irish Future Growers, students and others interested in starting their own business. It was a packed day filled with inspiration and potential, and was great to see so many people thinking about starting up in horticulture in Ireland.
Then yesterday I nipped over to London to take part in the Roots to Work day organised by Sustain and Capital Growth, offering ideas and advice to growing projects, especially looking at becoming more self-sustaining, rather than relying on grants for income. My brain hasn’t quite assimilated all the info and thoughts from other speakers and participants; but hopefully over the next few weeks, while continuing to pick leeks, kale, salad, celery and turnips, my subconscious will process everything.
I am secretly really glad that some crops are coming to an end (I’ve sold all the squash and pumpkins now, nearly finished beetroot and Jerusalem artichokes, the spinach and nasturtiums have been frosted), or having a break (such as the PSB which has been picked out for the time being); harvesting takes less time now, and gives me a chance to catch up on paperwork, other projects and have a break myself!