Posted: 30/08/2013 at 21:34
Yes I know these are not pics of a beautiful garden, these are my wild tomatoes and pansies. This is my second year of gardening but it has been like my first. Last year the only thing that survived was potatoes, the slugs ate everything else and what was not eaten by slugs got killed by over feeding, too much rain etc. Well this year my garden has been a source of constant joy and also some disappointment and constant worry. I don't really know what I am doing and I have operated a policy of if it looks fine don't touch it, if it looks sick try fertiliser, water, pruning (hesitantly) and prayer (seriously). Well this year results have been mixed, we have mastered the slugs completely (yipee) but the caterpillars are vicious. I have had bumper crops of lettuce all summer, lots of peas, very small onions (due to not feeding), some coriander and basil, two chillies (yes two) and at the moment I am holding my breath for the tomatoes. I don't want to touch them in case I do something wrong, hence the wild look but I am constantly worrying that some bug will go on attack and I will wake up one morning with no tomatoes left. Also holding my breath for the carrots hoping they have not been attacked by carrot fly which I have heard horror stories about and have lots of little squash but I don't know if they will get mature as no luck last year. I gave up on cabbage and cauliflower and pulled them out as it seems I was just providing food for caterpillars and have to accept defeat with the maize as late sun meant they only germinated after 3 attempts so they will probably not be ready in time.