The ducks even thought about having a dip in the bird bath but decided it was too turbulent!
Having said that, we have had some gaps in the clouds and a little sunshine peeking through from time to time.
I have a tiny greenhouse of about 5’ tall by 2’6” wide which I put in to use this year. Most of the produce has been harvested or died off while I was away on holiday. Everything I’ve grown has had to be in pots as I have a very small garden full of stones, and underneath there is builder's rubble so I have no energy to dig it over to make it suitable for growing veggies (maybe I'll get a 'man' in next year lol). I do grow herbs in large pots and they have been very successful again this year.
So am I happy with my first year of greenhouse growing?
I’ve raised cucumbers and tomatoes. The cucumbers were a good crop of dwarf fruits but the tomatoes were very poor, with very few fruits at all. Perhaps I didn’t feed them enough.
The seeds planted have given me butternut squash plants ~ but as yet no fruits (probably planted them too late);
beetroots ~ lots of lovely medium sized ones;
courgettes ~ beautiful dark green skins with creamy insides (delicious);
8 lemon ‘trees’ (a big surprise as I didn’t think any of the 10 lemon pips would germinate);
and cabbages ~ all eaten by caterpillars! (I need netting for next year!).
Unsuccessful seed-plantings were:- coriander, basil, chives, spinach, cucumber (all died before maturity), cherry stones, blueberry seeds, apple pips. I still live in hopes for the fruit pips and seeds, and I’ll give them a bit longer before giving up on them. The rest of the ‘failures’ are relegated to the compost heap which I started this summer. It is very surprising how many kitchen peelings and scraps can be saved from the dustbin and landfill… and next year I should have some compost of my own to use on my garden.
Most people would say that I had a bad year… but I say that I had a good year… I learned a lot…. mainly that plants do not grow successfully by themselves … there is a right time and a wrong time to plant…. and that there are more things wanting to eat my produce other than ME!!