Well, actually, it's the end of a lot of bad things! I've started clearing out the greenhouse and beds of all the summer crops and consigning the plants to the compost heap - and boy the compost heap's getting big.
Although there are still a few peppers and chillies in the greenhouse I've started to clean it out ready for the late autumn and winter inhabitants - all the tender and exotic plants from the garden. Yes, shock horror, the greenhouse becomes veg free (apart from a few salads) during the winter. I've started to clean it - the structure and the glass - and given it a good autumn clean; it looks very appealing in there at the moment I have to say.
I've been spending several nights tied to a hot stove - drying the huge number of chillies that we've got - and this weekend looks like it's going to be a green tomato chutney frenzy!
In the autumn and winter my mind turns more to fruit and looking at what, if any, new fruit trees and bushes to plant.
Two years ago I planted two Coronet trees at the allotment. These are dwarf trees, that have been specialy produced so they don't need much pruning and crop really early in their lives; both trees cropped really well this year.
I've just got two of the latest Coronets - family apple trees, who's progress I'll follow really carefully as I've never been a fan of family trees in the past.
If you want to find out more about Coronets, go to their website
All this whittering on about fruit reminds me. Over the coming months we'll be developing lots of web copy on fruit growing to supplement the veg growing info already on the site. We're then going to bundle this all up into a Grow Your Own area - well, everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't we!