lets talk about crop failures, because i wouldn’t want to give the impression that it’s all marvellous, this self-sufficiency lark. It’s not, it’s bloody hard work, the weather is relentless at both ends of the spectrum, too much water when you don’t need it, none, when you do and currently no way of harvesting it without pulling the house builder off of house building duties.
Autumn, spring and winter veggies are easy enough but the summer stuff is difficult when you have to eek out what little water you have, I have created shade in the garden and I mulch where I can with what little I have, but now there is too much shade (ironic!!)
so my second sewings of parsnips and carrots look a little bit miserable, the first sewings are ok
we’ve had some thinnings from the first sewn carrots and what’s left will probably last about another month
The peas were a complete failure, I sewed three varieties this year, none of which flowered, they got a kind of powdery mildew and I had a fit and ripped them all up!!
The Uchiri Kuri pumpkins are tiny, something ate the flowers, the ones that survived were already climbing up some beans poles, but whatever ate the pumpkin flowers didn’t eat the butternut squash flowers, of which I have about 20
The globe artichokes never got fat enough to eat so we’ve just left them to seed and look nice, the bees love them
One courgette plant survived and has given us enough, there’s always too many anyway, so am relieved there aren’t anymore
Out of 7 cucumber plants I’ve had about 7 cucumbers, not a great return i don’t think
I have done three sewings of cut and come again salad leaves, all self collected from last year and mostly rocket, it’s done well with the shade, so at least something likes it
I’ve got 4 varieties of tomatoes, san marzano, which is doing very badly and has blossom end rot, red alert, a new variety to me which is doing very well, cherry tomatoes and money maker both of which are slow to produce and certainly not ripening yet
the onions were actually great, despite my initial disapointment, we’ve ended up with about 25 kilos of mixed red and white, but still not enough for a whole year
and the garlic not too bad either
the broad beans were a disaster, mice ate the seed, three times, I gave up, I even soaked some seed in paraffin and they ate that too!! the beetroot was rubbish and I had a fit with that too and threw it all away, yes, I’ve had a lot of fits in the garden this year!!!!
we also have our first apples, the apple trees were planted 5 years ago and all bar one have fruited for the first time this year, finally
I know I’m not doing too much wrong, I can’t get the nutrients I need into the soil and that is the main problem, I am considering changing the garden again, as we both mature together, I can see that I have been trying to create a garden that I would have liked in the UK and it just isn’t working here, so back to the drawing board and several more fits no doubt and eventually I’ll either die or the garden will!!