I vowed last year that I wouldn’t try to grow vegetables again. Every year I start off with good intentions, but then forget to water, or the snails eat everything.
Every spring I remember these failures, but with distance, they don’t seem so bad. And so I plant more seeds, and things get eaten again.
But every year there’s something. We’re never going to be entirely self sufficient (except in fennel, lemon balm, and mint), but every year there’s a small harvest. And each year it’s something different, without me even planning it that way.
This year we have broad beans. Not many, but an improvement on the year we grew ONE broad bean pod. I haven’t grown chard, there will be no tomatoes, and my cabbage and kale plants haven’t grown at all for weeks now. All my squashes were eaten, and I moved the rhubarb, which it found so objectionable I didn’t dare harvest any.
We also have garlic – just a few cloves. These were an accident, leftover from two summers ago when they were lost amongst the weeds and left in the ground. They’re misshapen and tiny, but that’s one more thing not to buy.
And fruit. Years ago I bought fruit bushes for £1 and wondered if they’d grow. They did, and we’ve had some fruit, but this year we have lots. Redcurrants and blackcurrants and blueberries and gooseberries and even a few raspberries. A garden full of glorious jewels.
And sunshine! Glorious sunshine, for days and days now. Finally it feels like summer has arrived! Today has been hot and muggy, and tomorrow we will have thunderstorms – just in time for the annual Green Fair. I’ll be there with our local Transition Towns group, and we’ve got our gazebo ready, just in case.
How’s your garden looking? Have you harvested anything yet? What are you up to in the sunshine?