This is only my second year with a proper garden, and I really feel like an amateur when I step outside and look at my paltry raised bed, where the only crop doing exceptionally well is the rocket that I never planted in the first place (stray seeds from last year, I suppose?).
The French beans, which had such a good start inside, now look frail and withered. Undernourished? Battered by the wind? I just don’t know.
The perpetual spinach, which started well, is now yellowing and turning brown at the edges. Is this just a natural part of its life? Are they too crowded?
And for some reason, I have never been able to successfully grow sage. Maybe this plant is the culprit, depressing everything around it, except for the ever-hardy wild rocket that thrives behind it.
Elsewhere, my tomatoes are looking a little yellow and forlorn (interestingly, the tomato I’m growing indoors is happy as can be). The ever wise Naomi suggests they’re undernourished. Time to get some plant food I think.
The state of the radishes is no mystery; they’re clearly getting nommed on by the most notorious of garden pests.
But not everything has shrivelled to bits. This is the second year with my container strawberry and raspberry plants, both of which have started to fruit.
My salad leaves have been a huge success, particularly the mizuna.
And of course, the rocket, which also made it to my parsley and dill tray. The miracles of nature!
It also looks like there will be lots of heritage potatoes this year. My roasting pan is ready and waiting.
Even these little spring onions, which I thought were goners, have sprung to life, perhaps just to prove their superiority to the neighbouring sage.
So, highs and lows, but it’s all highs really – this garden is a constant education. I still have a bunch of seedlings that need to be planted out – cucumber, melons, more tomato, onions. I’m sorta scared to move them but I know they’re getting a little cramped in their containers. And surely we’re past all worry of frost? (I don’t trust the weather in this country!) So, time to eat some rocket and make room in the raised bed. And time to buy some plant food.