Edrych yn ôl dros 2016

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Looking back, last year felt a bit unsuccessful down on the allotment. Don’t get me wrong, we had a few things grow, like our herbs and chillies. But put it this way, had we been living Quadro a few hundred years ago and our lives depended on what we were growing? We would certainly have died from starvation. But at least we would have smelled sweetly of lavender while we starved!

lavender

Slugs

My old nemesis (or is that nemisi?) the slugs, chomped their way through the majority of our crops. I tried & natural deterrents like gravel, the old faithful blue pellets, we even bought nematodes. But they still won the war! Whole rows of cabbages, lettuces, beans and brussel sprouts seemed to disappear literally overnight no matter how many I removed by hand of an evening.

This year I’m also going to try plant plenty of plants slugs don’t cheap NBA jerseys like around my vegetable plots just to see if I can repel them a bit. These are some of the plants I’m thinking of:

  • Lavender
  • Wormwood
  • Thymes
  • Sage
  • Borage
  • Geraniums
  • Mint
  • Lemon balm
  • Tansy
  • Hyssop

Blight

Blight got to both our tomatoes and potatoes so we only got a very small crop each of these. This beefsteak tomato gave us a bit of a surprise, it looks like it’s got a cherry tomato growing in the middle!

tomato inside a tomato

We had enough tomatoes to make two pasta meals (for seven people) and plenty of tiny ones for snacks in lunchboxes. Our potatoes, as pretty as they were, was only enough for three meals (again for 7 of us).

potatoes

We did have welcome! some successes.

My lemon cucumbers were a funny little addition to greenhouse. They grew quite well and everybody enjoyed eating them, even if they tasted nothing like lemon!

lemon cucmber

We also got plenty of eggs from our trusty flock of hens wholesale NBA jerseys and the pigs not only gave us a well stocked freezer in September but we had months of these three cheap NBA jerseys cuties to watch and look after. There really is something quite therapeutic about watching animals wandering around their field when they are happy and content.

three little piglets

Looking back, how did 2016 go for you? Leave me a comment below to let me know 🙂

 

8 Responses

  1. rachel

    Ionawr 8, 2017 12:22 pm

    I miss my allotment. It became a nightmare to leave things on your plot without someone else taking them without asking, the shed being broken in to and more and more people joining the plots and it became over crowded x

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      Ionawr 8, 2017 9:53 pm

      That’s such a shame. We are lucky that our allotment is pretty much just a field on the side of a mountain (which belongs to a friend) so it’s very secluded and quiet x

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      Ionawr 8, 2017 9:48 pm

      I just had to have them when I saw them Jenny. They look really funky, even if they don’t taste or smell of lemons lol.

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