I had such high hopes in May when I planted out nearly 40 containers wtih seed grown veg I had been nurturing since February. Fist the wind was so strong and cold that it killed some, retarted and stunted growth of most. However, most recovered and doing fairly well, but these past few weeks of gloom, damp and chilly weather is not exactly conducive to the abundant growth I was expecting !
Guess I cannot complain, I have had enough for my needs, plentiful salads, pea and fava shoots, courgettes, runner beans, tomatoes, chard, kale, sorrel, flat leaf parsley but I wanted to have enough to give to everyone I know, leave outside for others to sample, but alas no, not this year………….. I am sure last year my harvest was greater with a lot less plants.
Roll on the 20th ! off to Greece again, cannot wait for some sunshine, swimming, walking and just chilling after what has been a very hectic work schedule. It cannot come quick enough !!
Yesterday was great day, foraged blackberries and elderberries, hawthorn berries. Making a balsamic type flavoured vinegars, and a tincture with the Hawthorns, these are now steeping in vodka and should be ready in a a couple of weeks. A few drops a day keep the heart in balance, blood pressure and cholesterol levels down and a good overall tonic.