The veg plot and friends
We have hit the busiest time of year! I must admit we are struggling in the heat with the watering being so demanding. Thankfully there is no hose pipe ban here. We do try and save water in IBC tanks and we also make comfrey tea to save on using tomato feed, but there's no getting away from the fact we are heavily reliant on the tap water right now. As usual, when we are confronted with a problem, it sets us off thinking how we can avoid having it again. You watch, we will be fully loaded with rain water saved when next year comes round, and it'll be the wettest summer on record!
Our Autumn planted onions, shallots and garlic did us very proud this year. We've just taken them all up and have hung them out on a make shift dryer. I'm planning on keeping one of the best garlic cloves and sowing that again come the Autumn. The shallots are Golden Gourmet and if they taste as good as they look, we will get those again this Autumn. The onions are Shakespeare and Red Cross. The garlic are Carcassone Wight and Provence Wight.
Raspberry jam is my favourite and a pleasure to make. Every year I am blown away by the taste. Incidentally, my daughter is giving a jar to her teacher, with another item, as a leaving gift.
Annie is my shadow, just watching over me. She is growing into a beautiful natured, strong and loyal dog. Her gentle nature is just perfect. She's 8 months old now, so lots more growing and maturing time.
So life is fantastic. Learning every day! Struggling to sleep on a night though, due to the weather, work is easing up slightly, the garden is producing, Grace is moving on to senior school, Ste is enjoying the veg garden more and more and Jack is getting used to no technology nights.
Hope everyone is well xx