We started the year out very good in our kitchen garden. I deep dug the beds (2 spades deep) and mixed in plenty of compost soil and organic fertilizer and planted:
- Carrots (2 sorts).
- Lettuce (3 sorts)
- Red beets (first time).
- Onions (mostly to keep carrot pests away).
- Almond Potatoes.
On top of that, we have garlic, chives, strawberries, raspberries, black currants, cherries, apples and pears. Oh, horse radish, black berries (not this year, though, because of the cold) and rhubarb too.
I was out each morning, weeding the rows, making sure the lettuce had plenty of space to grow and marvelled as things started shooting away. Then, I slipped into inactivity of some reason. Suddenly the weeds took over, and then came the disaster of the neighbour's cat in the parsley bed just as our cherries started to ripen. They never got to ripen fully, because naive as we are, we did not put up any nets which meant the young magpies took them all before they were fit to eat. Lots of half chewed cherries all over our garden.
Then, oh then...
The red beets are well overdue, becoming sort of bitter in taste because frankly, we just don't seem to eat them.
The lettuce grew to be bitter as no one ate it of some reason (usually the snails do...but not this year), and the new lettuce we planted just is overrun by weeds, poor plants.
There's too much berries to really pick. Especially the black currants are bountiful this year.
I think my family is a family who loves planting and seeing things grow, but really are not kitchen gardeners at all because we just are so bad at harvesting. Roses etc. does not have a best before date, so suit me much better. Though, I love our Red Ruby Baltic Pears. So sweet and wonderful. :)