Most important was the clearing-away of most of the tomato plants. I harvested the last of the Ferline ones before we went away, so these were the top priority. I cut the stalks and the remaining foliage into short pieces before adding them to one of my compost bins.
|Ferline tomato plants awaiting the chop...|
|The Currant Goldrush plant was disposed of too|
|Third of four Tomatillo plants also ended up in the compost bin|
|Sunlight makes a pretty picture even in the compost bin!|
|Son-of-Wilma is now enjoying the benefit of some protection|
|The Mint was looking decidedly tatty|
|All four pots assembled ready for the "haircuts"|
|After the trim -- lots of new shoots visible|
|The end result|
Final task was tying-in the Sprouting Broccoli plants to stop them rocking about, or in the worst case, falling over in the forthcoming Autumn / Winter weather. As I said the other day, this is only a 10-minute job, but it's best done on a dry day, because getting in amongst those huge plants on a wet day can be pretty unpleasant. You can see from my picture that I have tied-in the biggest plants to their stakes not just once but in at least two, additional places. The purple Sprouting Broccoli plants tend to grow the tallest -- perhaps five feet? The white ones tend to be shorter -- about 3 feet. When tying-in, don't skimp on the twine; wind it around the stems and stake three or four times to make a broad, strong band. Also, try to thread the twine in such a way that it wraps mostly around the stem, and not around the leaves.
|Purple Sprouting Broccoli firmly tied-in|