When the slugs have eaten all that you plant in their path and summer has taken until mid July to get started, it’s useful to be reminded that things aren’t all bad.
Harvesting some lovely beets at the weekend (pictured), I thought about this. Real Men Sow is a cheery blog! It’s important that I blog and tweet about the bad times, but I need to make some more space for good times too.
So, without further ado, here are four crops that have been great on my plot this year.
First there was the Brassica Massacre. Now there’s Slugaggeddon.
My Twitter friend Julianne coined the term Slugaggeddon, to describe the ridiculous amounts of slugs currently munching through plants the length and breadth of the country.
My garden has been no exception. I have lost so many plants, from the normal casualties like caulis and lettuce, to those that normally survive untouched by slime, such as courgettes.
However, Slugaggeddon has taught me a lot also. Here are 4 things I’ve learnt that make me feel better.
There’s an opening line in one of the original River Cottage episodes, where the camera pans across the garden and house, and HFW says ‘It’s high summer at River Cottage’.
When I watch this episode back, it always sends a little whoosh of excitement through my body. It is such a magical time of year, when everything is blooming and harvests are aplenty.
With this in mind, and being the longest day of the year, I thought I’d blog about what’s happening in my own garden right now, because I’m currently experiencing more excitement there – finally, after Winter and Spring of empty beds, they’re beginning to look like a proper veg patch again.