My season of growing vegetables is almost beginning to come to an end. It’s been a interesting learning curve growing vegetables in my back garden and I have had very mixed results. But it hasn’t put me off for growing vegetables next year, I will be older and wiser by then (in theory anyway).
So as a review in case you haven’t read my previous vegetable related growing posts, I attempted to grow my own herbs, strawberries, cherry tomato, tomatoes, broad beans, beetroot, carrots, broccoli and chillies. The only one out of that list that I could not get to grow from seeds were the strawberries, perhaps I should have started them on my windowsill. But I had good results with the rest of my seeds that began to grow into little plants.
In fact I would go so far as to say that they were all thriving in the beginning. A riot of greenery in my garden that made me smile and feel proud as I watched these vegetables grow. After all I didn’t know what a lot of them look like either, before they arrive neatly packaged at the supermarket ready for myself to purchase. My chilli plant was and still is thriving on my windowsill (one of the few left standing now), but who knew what a chilli plant actually looked like (I didn’t).
And then Nature began to get the better of me. She attacked from all sides utilising black fly, caterpillars, hungry Labradors with a taste for strawberries and even small children….! The children were especially effective. My youngest took out my sprouting herbs early on by digging them up with their own markers. My friend’s little boy had a collision with a cherry tomato plant and I’m sad to say there was a fatality………. My cherry tomato plant is no more. For months I waged war against the black fly trying to keep their ever increasing numbers back, but in the end my efforts were futile and the plants themselves began to die. I harvested what I could and in the end cut them down to stumps. Even this hasn’t stopped the black fly, who are clustered over the stumps as I speak draining the life out of what is left.
Now when it comes to the broccoli, I had been warned by a friend to net my broccoli otherwise the caterpillars would infest them. I naively assumed this was in the beginning and rather smugly thought that I had dodged a bullet. As I have said in a recent post I noticed some eggs and baby caterpillars that appeared rather cute and at the time were so few in number that I thought what was the harm in a few caterpillars. As we all know butterfly numbers are on the decline and I’ll be helping them by allowing a few little caterpillars to take refuge, and grow nestled on my broccoli leaves. I was wrong!!!! Very very wrong. They are everywhere. I’m starting to resign myself to the fact that the broccoli too has now been lost and to see out this voracious attack, and take the hit for little white butterflies everywhere. Next year I will be more savvy and net my broccoli at all times.
However Nature did let me keep some of my vegetables (I have just realised some of them are technically fruit as I write this). My chilli plant is thriving as previously mentioned. My tomato plant is growing and there are little green tomatoes appearing, and my beetroot and carrots are ripe for the harvesting at the moment. They are delicious, in fact I even gave some of my beetroot away so bountiful was that crop. My eldest piggy loved digging up the carrots with me, sadly she was reluctant to eat them for some unknown reason but I am pleased that she too has witnessed actual vegetables and fruit growing in her own back garden.
Wish me better luck for next year.
Speak to you soon.
Wishing you well.
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