Cor, so -5.7C in the polytunnel last night suggests that my prediction of this winter being harsher is coming true already! The start of November saw some lovely sunny days, with the yarrow flowering (and latest generation of ladybird larvae devouring the late aphids), and nasturtiums still producing tons of flowers and leaves – right until the first prooer frost a fortnight ago. The warmer spell last week kept things going too; although the terrible rain from Storm Angus and then another heavy rain system the following couple of days flooded the fields and tunnels a bit. Fortunately the soil drains pretty well when given a chance, so the frost last night (and again tonight) could have been a lot worse.
We’ve just about picked out the turnips and beetroot (the frosts may have claimed the last few in the fields), and we also managed to dig up a surprising numnber of white and red artichokes, considering they have just been left to their own devices from any remaining roots last year. The last of the carrots have gone now too, and we’ve made a dent in the parsnips; although they can stay in the ground until we want to pick a sack’s worth or two – we’ll wait for more sunny frost-free days for that!