Welcome to November

Gardener:Sarah the Gardener from Yates

Date:31 Oct 2021

Blog Type:Vegetables

It always astounds me when I look back at the posts from the start of the Vegie Growing Challenge to see how far we have all come, with our empty beds and empty seed trays. 

And now most of the seed trays have done their job and their original occupants are now filling the once empty beds or sitting in larger pots waiting to go out! 

If you haven’t had a chance to look back at your earlier blog posts I really encourage you to do so.   It is easy at this point to just look ahead to what is still to be done or you only see the garden in front of you just as it is.  But without comparing with where you started, you can miss an opportunity to appreciate what you have achieved.  


Now regarding the Mini Challenge – the team are looking all the fab entries and making the difficult choices and we’ll let you know as soon as a decision has been made.  It certainly won’t be easy as gardeners are the nicest people and so generous with their time, their knowledge, and their extras.   There will be one more Mini Challenge ahead, although this won’t be starting until the 15th of Nov and I’m really looking forward to this next one.   So, watch this space.    


In my garden it was a bit of a mixed bag of effort over the weekend.  On Saturday I was determined to get the last of the planting done.  It required the last of the languishing winter crops to be removed and we’ll be having the last of the celeriac for dinner tonight – apparently it makes nice chips, so I’ll get the air fryer out. 

It also meant enriching the beds to replace the nutrients so got one of The Teen Lads to help out, although it did cost me.    We were working fast as the rain radar was showing a massive rainstorm heading our way.  The rain crept up on me slowly until I found myself working in heavy rain, long abandoned by The Teen Lad.  It was a good time to stop, even though I was tantalisingly close to finishing.

The next day was a washout – not because of the rain, but because I’d done too much the previous day and was completely knackered and needed to rest, which I did reluctantly.

But today the sun is shining, I’m well rested and it will be a joy to finish the planting out with a layer of sunscreen and my summer gardening hat. 

Happy gardening and as always – if you want to get in touch leave a comment below.

Sarah the Gardener  : o)

Welcome to November