The vegetable garden is a sorry looking mess at this time of the year. The tomatoes have browned off in the frost, the beans are shrivelled and the bolted rocket has been devoured by pigeons. And there are lots of weeds poking through. It's so easy after the harvest of August and September to sit back and then winter is soon in on us.
With the days shortening it's hard to muster any enthusiasm to get out there and clear up the beds when it's cold and the sun is thin and watery. It's tempting to let the garden slumber through the winter in its decrepit state.
But a little work now will set me up for Spring. And maybe if I didn't put the work in now I wouldn't have this nice crop of Brussels sprouts coming on or the black kale and the turnip top greens.