no vampires here


I’ve had an absolute bumper garlic crop this year – 42 cloves – all a good size.  If I use them relatively sparingly then I could well have garlic to last me the whole year!!!  Wow.  That’s a first for me.  I’ve had my plot going for about 3 years now – and usually have a glut or large gaps.  This is what it should be – something that I can store for months – first crop is a good start!  This year I bought my blubs from The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight.  Would recommend, will definitely use again.

My other crops have been a little hit-and-miss.  What is doing well – cucumbers, courgettes, potatoes, peas, loads of herbs, kale, rhubarb, raspberries, nasturtiums, rocket, leek, spring onions.  Actually, when I list it like that then perhaps the year has not all been lost.

However, some crops that do well most years have been awful – perhaps as a result of a couple of late frosts and a colder end of Spring…?  My beans where shocking – didn’t even really get going – lettuce eaten by slugs I guess, all gone in a single night.  The spinach has been pretty woeful.  Parsley went to seed quickly.  Not a single blueberry.

But in all, perhaps the year hasn’t been as bad as my mind tells me?  Are my expectations way too high?