It's been mild all week again; but from today, it looks like temperatures are dropping to single figures. The change in the weather was heralded by a band of heavy rain this afternoon, coinciding almost exactly with my visit to the Hill.
I can take or leave most jobs at the moment - the clearing up doesn't have to be done all at once - but I did want to get the garlic planted. I keep a few bulbs back to replant each year, but this year has not been a good year for it for me, and the bulbs have been noticeably smaller that usual.
I don't know whether that is because we had a dry May and June when the bulbs are meant to be swelling, or perhaps because I didn't plant them until last December, a few weeks later than I usually do. Or maybe it was just a rubbish year for garlic.
So after a bit of weeding in the pouring rain, cutting the asparagus down, and filling the raspberry bed with a deep layer of leaves, I took the biggest of the garlic that I had from this summer, and after forking over half a bed (where the courgettes had been) I split them and planted the cloves.
Besides getting very wet, once I'd finished it did strike me that I probably should have mixed in some sort of feed before planting - I'll have to do it afterwards now.
Hopefully when it is not raining.