There is something so satisfying about picking your home grown fruit and vegetables. Not only are they fresh to the table but the flavours are more intense and definitely sweeter on the taste buds. With house renovations having taken place most of the summer to improve facilities for our guests, the vegetable patch and greenhouse have been somewhat neglected apart from a few tomato plants, runner beans and the more well used herbs. However the first few crops have renewed our determination to make our land work for us in terms of vegetables so we will be feeding the ground over the next few weeks and planning our planting calendar for 2019.
Expect to see photographs of ebony aubergines, fat courgettes and bulbous onions ready to be mixed with our glut of tomatoes for ratatouille and pasta sauces. Rows of beetroot and potatoes ready for boiling and roasting will be regimented in the vegetable patch flanked by walls of runner beans and peas. This area is going to be whipped into shape very shortly helping us to focus on the most enjoyable aspect of gardening when the weeds sometimes seem overwhelming.