The last gardening post I wrote was in January. I just sat and read it, I sounded so optimistic back then..
One silver lining of the pandemic is that I have spent a lot more time in my garden this year than ever before. I got a new cover for my greenhouse, I filled it with carrots, peppers, lettuce, chillies, tomatoes, basil, parsley, spring onions, onions and radishes. Everything sprouted, green leaves everywhere, I sowed flower seeds, they showed promise, everything looked wonderful.
Until it didn’t. The flowers never really took, one lot got well and truly munched by something. I pulled them up today, poor bedraggled looking things. Not to give up though, I emptied the year old compost out of my potato bags onto a rather barren patch at the edge of the lawn. I sprinkled my remaining flower seeds onto it and left them to do whatever. At best I may get some wild flowers – at worst I’ll have better quality weeds! all good for the insects though.
The basil and parsley have failed miserably so far, I pulled a couple of those up today too. I have some more so fingers crossed at some point I may still get some fresh herbs.
The lettuces, radishes, tomatoes, peppers and chillies have all done really well! I took an idea from Adam Frost (Gardener’s World) and planted my salad in an old aluminum turkey tray, it worked brilliantly! currently on my third crop of lettuce, fourth lot of radishes. The spring onions are looking good too. I’m not commenting on the carrots. The jury is out at the moment.
We are going to get the hedges at the front of the house professionally pruned, they’ve gone wild. I can’t keep on top of it anymore. Just waiting for the man to give us a date.
That’s all for now, I’ll do another update in a couple of months when I’ve harvested (hopefully) more of my veg.