We eat a lot of vegetables, and since we’ve moved to the countryside we’ve been experimenting with what we can successfully grow ourselves. Over the summer, we grew Isobel onions from seed, and they were extremely flavoursome and a bug success. We purchased a bag of Taylor’s Electric onions from our local garden centre, a winter onion, to get an early harvest next year.
We love garlic, and today we’re going down the road of growing our own. The plan earlier this year was to plant out a 9x9m area in our field with garlic. For several reasons that we’re not going to go into, I’ve decided to scale this down.
We’ve been busy draft proofing the house ahead of winter so we’ve fallen behind with some of our gardening tasks, so it’s time catch up. We’ve taken out the hedge trimmer, strimmer and lawn mowers and get ready for a full day’s work.
We headed down to the bottom of field yesterday and filled three punnets with wild blackberries. It wasn’t easy, as you’ll see in the video, but it was deeply satisfying, and the wild blackberries are really, really delicious. They certain taste as good as they look.
Our garden has been teeming with butterflies, but we’ve discovered that butterflies and kale (all brassicas in fact) are not a perfect match because the butterflies have laid larvae on our kale and the caterpillars that have emerged are having an all you can eat kale buffet, which we’re not hugely pleased about.
Our first year of growing our own vegetables has been a mixed bag. The kale is still going strong as is the celery, and the lettuce is finally starting to fade. Our Isobel onions are now also ready and they’ve been fantastic. We grew them from seed, and only planted about a dozen as an experiment to see what grows well. We’ll definitely be planting a stack of these next year.