Well,what a season! Rich was at the end of his tether by the end of June and I kept saying it was bound to get better but as we hit mid-July even I started to have my doubts.I joined him as we morosely inspected our patch each day,shaking our heads sadly and not even bothering to try and cheer eachother up.
Where were all those lovely little budding green things that we had planted in our beautifully rotavated new beds? They had all been slugged before they’d had chance to put their toes down.Oh the slugs! It was actually very comforting to be out around the villages and to hear all the other gardeners tales.No one had seen so many slugs before,the conditions were perfect for them,it wasn’t only us who were suffering.In fact I heard on the news that The Wildlife Trust were very concerned because things were not thriving and reproducing all apart from…you guessed it …slugs,snails,brambles and nettles,all things we have way too much of at Lane Cottage.Indeed many,many other people from a whole range of different professions were suffering as a result of the weather.It was only the mechanic at our local garage who was doing nicely as a result of all the flooding.
So the chefs were rubbing their hands together and talking excitedly of just-picked broad beans,runner beans ,courgettes and I had to keep telling them not this week,I’m afraid.As things got more and more desperate – where have the carrots gone? – we decided we’d just have to re-sow and hope to either have a later crop,i.e. spring onions in the autumn or that things would catch up.Then Monty Don said that this was the best plan so we’ve gone ahead.
And now,at last,the sun is shining and what a difference it makes.Those plants that survived are really waking up and I was able to sell our first courgettes today.So high hopes for all the other things and let’s hope the sun doesn’t fade too fast.
We were at the 5th Mortimer Food Fair this month,at Brampton Bryan.Again to speak about the weather it was mostly kind but the huge downpour the night before meant much flooding and closed roads so not everyone was able to make it.We were interviewed by Linda Bellingham (oxo lady) and filmed for her series “Tasty Travels with Linda Bellingham” to be shown on ITV in September.It was rather daunting with all those men and their cameras and microphones but Linda was really lovely and we had quite a laugh.But what a job,really,having to keep going over the same old thing and film it from this angle and that angle etc,when you see it on t.v. it’s seemless but it must have taken a good 30 minutes to film what will probably amount to 30 seconds of screen time.Blink and you’ll miss us and I probably will!
Still waiting for the topsoil for the second polytunnel then we can skin it and fill it.This season it really brings it home to you about the benefits of growing under plastic.There’s no getting away from it that it’s not pretty but when it’s your livelihood you get to understand.We could easily fill another tunnel with salad,just can’t seem to keep up.I love salad and always have but these days I’m dreaming it,eating,sleeping it….If I’m not out selling it you know I’l be picking it!