It is getting to be that wonderful time of year for us.
We’ve worked hard for months, clearing out the gardens and rotovating in well-rotted manure. Then comes the planting of seeds in the greenhouse, nurturing them, hardening them off, and planting them out. I worry about my little seedlings – in the dark hours of the night, if the wind picks up, I worry that they will be damaged, or eaten by mice, owls, foxes, wild boar, or some other wild creature.
Then, they blossom and start to produce fruit and vegetables, and a whole host of other worries arrive! The fruit can be eaten by mice or those huge squishy green cricket-type insects you see in the garden – they are voracious. Or, the plants can be attacked by the dreaded “hongo” (generic Yunquerano for any fungus !) Then there is the risk from other insects and worms. You just cannot protect them from everything, even with weekly use of neem oil (a great natural pesticide).
But now, I’m feeling slightly more optimistic. Although we must remain vigilant, the plants are starting to produce their yummy goodies. This week, we’ve harvested fresh raspberries, yet more cherries, lettuce, green beans, crookneck squash and cucumbers. The tomatoes are looking healthy and well on their way to producing tons of tomatoes – Black Russian, plum, Raf, and Italian beef varieties. They will combine to produce the best puree, salsa, ketchup and jarred tomatoes you’d ever eat.