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Saturday, 21 November 2015

The Magic Border

I have been taking lots of photo's for ages and ages now with the intention of blog blog blogging. But I just haven't seemed to have time to actually sit down and write my posts! I am at the beginning of a weeks annual leave now and thought that I would take to opportunity to catch up.

Despite time and motivation, I had quite a slow start to the year vegetable growing wise. Everything was stunted, either being eaten by the pesky slugs or failure to get established. after sewing seeds then planting out plenty of veggies which lost their battle; I finally had some luck when my onion seedlings finally took a hold in my border by the patio.

Look at the size of them!!! Not bad even if I do say so myself! They were planted in the same border that my tomatoes were in last year, These bad boys were by far my best achievement this year. We have left them to dry out a bit but as we ran out of brought onions, we have started using them already. Apart from being a bit potent on the old eyes, they are pretty much perfect tasting. So far they are keeping pretty well too.

My tomatoes were a bit of a flop this year. Got enough for a few batches of soup but weren't nearly as prolific as last year and I had about 3 times as many plants this year.

I also had mixed results with the broccoli and cauliflower. Two main reasons many of them didn't thrive; one, because I planted them all too close together and two, because I failed to protect them and ended up having a constant fight with the caterpillars! Another garden enemy to add to the list!

As you can see the cucumbers were good too. They certainly liked my new greenhouse anyway! They were probably our favourite as certainly throughout the summer, we tend to eat lots of them with salads. They were so much better tasting then brought ones too! I also had sprouts planted but I finally gave up on them today and pulled them up as they were just far too damaged by the slugs. Shame really as I love a good sprout!

Oh well, the ups and downs of gardening... Wish me luck for next year!

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