I Don’t Know Which is Scarier…

… the fact that we’ve eaten over 3 kilos of salad out of the garden this year, or the fact that I know this. In fact we’ve had over 43 kilos of veg in total (43.27 kg to be precise) and there’s more to come too…

I’m actually feeling a tiny bit pleased with my veg growing efforts at the moment. Certainly compared with around this time last year the plot is looking much more like a productive garden and less like a disaster zone. And although the peas have been grubbed up and the bed put under manure for the winter, there’s still very little bare earth showing elsewhere and that’s not just because the rest of it is covered in weeds either. I’ve come up with a cunning rotation plan which seems to let me fit four rotations into three years, at least in theory. It only works because I’ve got use of a seed bed for growing on some of the slower veg like leeks and brassicas, but then even the seed bed gets a year-round use because I’m using it to raise some biennials and hardy annuals for next spring. No doubt this will all end in tears but until it does I’m reserving the right to feel smug.

Especially when fetching the ingredients for supper looks like this instead of a benighted trudge around the supermarket, wondering whether the end of the world can possibly come soon enough.

12 Responses to I Don’t Know Which is Scarier…

  1. Kim says:

    At least you don’t have far to carry it, I am going to have to get a cargo bike to get the >10Kg pumpkin back from the allotment… šŸ˜‰

  2. The Paper Boy says:

    I’m disappointed that the basket isn’t a wicker one as sported by Joan Hickson’s portrayal of Miss Marple šŸ˜¦

  3. disgruntled says:

    Kim – ooh, impressive. Can it not hang on till Halloween? Or will it be too big to move by then?
    Paperboy – the basket is dual purpose and mostly lugs weeds up to the compost heap so a wicker basket would have disintegrated by now. And besides, I’m a fair way off Miss Marple territory, knitting notwithstanding

    • The Paper Boy says:

      Oops. Where’s the spade to dig myself out, and the trowel to lay it on a bit thick…

      I didn’t mean to suggest you were Miss Marple… only an illustration of the E. Nesbit era of the rural idyll when all baskets would have been wicker… Clearly you need to ask your grandmother about such times.

  4. Kim says:

    I don’t think it is going to grow much more now, more worried about early frost. Winter is coming early in Scotland this year…

  5. Emma J says:

    I’d say a fair degree of smuggery allowed. I am readying a bed now for a veg garden – hoping for anything even approaching your harvest!

  6. Dom says:

    Does your veg meant EU standards for straightness, shape, size and colour variation? Also, given the amount of stuff you’re now growing, are you not worried about French farmers blockading your garden in a protest against globalisation and how it’s eroding their subsidies?

  7. emma c says:

    That looks like a minestrone soup in your basket (or better!) Every right to be very smug. I have just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle. It might be up your street. She grows practically all her veg for a year, very smugly.

  8. welshcyclist says:

    Well, you might not be brave when it comes to rain, but your green fingers put me to shame. Like all things DIY, I love the idea of gardening and producing my own vegetables, but can I get started, motivated? Sadly no. For the moment, and hopefully many more to come, I’ll read about your efforts.

  9. Babymother says:

    I’m reading your blog LIVE! yes, yes, your vegetables are great, but have you grown any EGGS this year? have you? Have you?

  10. WOL says:

    Not surprised you have a plastic basket. One of the good things about plastic is that it’s virtually indestructable. That’s also one of the bad things about it. I’m so envious of your vegetable efforts. Wouldn’t matter if I did have the motivation, since I don’t have the land. . .

  11. disgruntled says:

    Right, I’m back, sorry about the unannounced blogging hiatus – I had meant to leave a couple of posts but didn’t quite get around to it. Normal service resumes tomorrow

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