I can't believe another year is drawing to an end already.
Where the flamin' 'eck have the days gone?
It's been another fabulous year of work and home gardening, with the added bonus of becoming an allotment holder.
At the beginning of the year I took on Plot 38a and continued to look after the neighbouring one, Plot 38b. From January both plots will officially be mine. I'm over the moon...YAY!
Nothing beats homegrown... yes you have to flick off the slugs, wash off the mud and pick off the manky bits...
...but knowing it's chemical free is all that matters to me.
Not everything has gone to plan...I gave up on the kalettes. I planted too many, too closely in too small a space. My parsnips (photo below) taste delicious but are as wonky as hell. Not the easiest shapes to wash & peel but man do they taste sweet!!
The carrots that I didn't protect got eaten by carrot root fly. Thankfully I grew 2 batches and the second (protected) ones were delicious.
The photo above is for our Christmas dinner. Not sure why the sprouts look more like flowers than tight little button balls but we've had some already and they too are delicious.
Lessons learnt, disasters had but oooooodles of fun & fresh food too.
Roll on 2020.
Back home a few changes and decisions made.
First up I have decided not to grow plants for sale anymore. This was a tough decision but we only have a small garden, many plants take years before they're ready to sell, it's a lot of work on top of maintaining the rest of the garden, keeping an allotment and my day job...that and my poor husband having to step over my gazillion cuttings and seedlings everywhere.
So the end of the garden (my ex-nursery section) is now a composting area and ENORMOUS bug hotel.
It's a stack of pallets, layered like a woody sandwich and filled with moss, stones, leaves, twigs, pine cones, broken bricks and straw.
Hopefully this time next year it will be home to a whole host of bugs n' critters and, fingers crossed, the hedgehog that sometimes passes through.
It's topped off with a roof garden (lol) of sedums, succulents and auriculas.
So all that's left is for me to say thank you for visiting my wee blog.
Thank you to my wonderful clients for another fabulous year gardening.
Thanks also to the amazing gardening community and my awesome, ever-supportive family.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you next year.