With the days getting shorter, rain, wind and the prospect of frosts not far away, motivation is somewhat lacking at the moment.
Despite this it is necessary to carry out some good housekeeping ready for that fresh start next spring.
Having emptied all the tomato, pepper and chilli pots a good cleaning program followed. Cleaning pots and removing as much debris as possible in the garden removes many hiding places for slugs and snails giving us a head start for next year’s battle with these pests.
Although it is perfectly possible to overwinter chilies and peppers, I have decided not to this year as I will be changing varieties next year and the plants were not as healthy as they could have been. I am however very pleased with my first ever crop of Hungarian Hot Wax Chillies and will be growing an F1 varient of these, Inferno next year together with the, rather suggestive, Peter Pepper.
Now that it is beginning to cool down after the unusually hot start to the month, the ground is now ready for sowing garlic (which will be ready to harvest in late spring next year) while later on this month we are expecting the arrival of a couple of fruit trees which will grown in a couple of very large stone planters.