We know many of you are keen on gardening, so here's your latest plot: dug over, weed free and ready to sow the seeds of new ideas...
My husband and his friend are outside digging over and dog-proofing my very (as in 3 years) neglected vegetable garden. Seeds arrived from Thompson & Morgan, and I'm itching to plant them.This year, I've restricted our veg to stuff we actually eat, so we have loads of lettuces, lamb's lettuce, pak choi, outdoor cucumbers, courgettes, radishes, French beans and runner beans. T&M sent a random pack of extra seeds too, including shallots and organic onions, so we'll give those a go (last time I planted 200 + onions, we had chickens, and not a single onion survived!).The next task is to fashion some kind of greenhouse/cloche from a load of old window frames with glass we have stacked against the house - then I can give my jalapenos a go :)So - what are your plans for this year? Growing anything unusual? I'm a bit limited in what will grow here (here being the wet and windy west of Ireland) - I've never achieved a ripe tomato, for example, so have given up on those.I'll be posting in the autumn, asking for courgette recipes, I expect - it's taken us 5 years to get over the last glut - we had courgettes in every meal, and jar after jar of chutney!
Enjoyed reading your post Dark Ginger and good luck with the veggies you are planting. I no longer have a veggie garden but do grow Tomatoes (successfully) in my small greenhouse. OH isn't interested at all in gardening and neither does he eat vegetables. I found it difficult keeping the plot in good condition and I had far too many vegetables and gave most of them away after freezing some of them. I now grow Kidney Beans in a large pot near the back door and this year I'm going to buy a potato sack complete with some seed potatoes and hope they will be a success.
Lovely to hear about successes and failures of other gardeners.I think that we are largely ruled by whatever the weather throws at us and if it went well last year there is no guarantee for this year. I was lucky with tomatoes in my ancient, draughty greenhouse last year. I grew giant marmande variety last year. The kind that do well in the south of France. They were so succulent and were excellent for chopping and cooking. Also I grew long sweet peppers that are called corno di toro...bulls horns. They are delicious filled with feta cheese and roasted in a dish of tomatoes and garlic. Fingers crossed for this year. Unlike you I am rubbish at lettuce. It is always covered in greenfly and puts me off eating it. Looking forward to broad beans, French beans, beet root and loads of peas and onions....weather permitting!
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