Clearing autumnal leaves and seeing new growth

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Liz Bourne and her family have transformed their small Southsea back garden into a grow-your-own plot for fruit and vegetables. Each week Liz shares the ups and downs of tryng to live the good life

he unseasonal weather had forced me somewhat begrudgingly into the garden for a good tidy up.

However, as is often the way, once I got out there and started, I found it hugely satisfying.

The weird weather we’ve been experiencing has meant that I’ve been clearing autumnal leaves from the paths as well as noticing new growth on some courgette plants.

The bright yellow flowers are reminiscent of earlier in the year, but I’m not imagining that anything will come of them – who knows, by the end of the month we could be knee deep in snow!

With my boredom threshold pretty low, I’m getting a bit tired of seeing all those green tomatoes in the garden. Yes, many have turned red and we’ve enjoyed eating them in salads over the past couple of weeks, but I’m bored of looking at them.

Yesterday, whilst hunting for more sweet, cherry tomatoes, I discovered my leek plants, courteously waiting for the tomatoes to finish doing their thing so that they can get on with theirs.

They were hidden under the jungley growth, but seemed none the worse for it.

With the recent glut of apples came a lot of compostable peelings and mouldy fruit.

These we threw into the compost. On further investigation, a family of mice had taken up residence and I am now convinced that they will all be reeling around, drunk on fermented fruit by the end of the week. Could be fun to watch!