Showing posts from September, 2018

Buíochan An Fhómhair

Welcome to Autumn.  The days are noticeably shorter, there's a chill in the air and occasionally I get the wonderful smell of people lighting their fires. Tá sé iontach ar fad.  The Irish word for harvest is "fómhar", which also lends itself to the names of the months of September (Meán Fómhair - middle of the harvest) and October (Deireadh Fómhair - end of the harvest).

By the looks of it, beidh sé fómhar fairsing.  The late cold snap in Spring and drought in Summer might have delayed the growing season, but we're definitely making up for it now.

The autumn veg and perennials are doing particularly well.  Summer veg (such as peas) didn't have a great year but a late planting produced a good crop of fresh snacks throughout late July and early August.  The drought did favour some crops - the tomatoes have been growing like the clappers, I've never seen anything like it.  Its the first week in September and they're still flowering.  The temperature has dr…