In the Garden – October

As well as loving food, I love gardening. Here is what is happening in my garden this month.

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It’s been a really good year for lavender but this is the last of the crop before it all gets pruned right back.

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The lemon verbena on the other hand is going great guns. One of my favourite herbs to drink as an infusion and this one looked like a twig eight months ago.

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This is lavender mint, it really does smell and taste wonderful, it’s in great shape after getting very leggy over the summer.

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The perfect time to collect my fennel seeds – this is a bronze fennel plant.

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The leeks are doing well, these are two different organic varieties, both grown from seed.

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Although just the tops, these celeriac are looking great. They are also grown from organic seed.

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It’s the end of the honeysuckle but this little plant has grown brilliantly and is starting to creep nicely along the trellis on my fence.

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Sadly, October means the end of the runner bean crop. It’s been great this year and as well as keeping me full, I’ve got a double batch of runner bean pickle maturing. There are a few beans left on to keep for next year’s seed. These were also grown from organic seeds.