After most of my little veg crop failed last year because it was so wet, I didn't bother this year.
Instead I concentrated on growing my indoor chilies and capsicums and my fruit trees. All two of them, an apple and a plum.
The chilies and capsicums (peppers) I grow the really, really lazy way. I know I could get someone to fetch me seeds from a garden center. I won't buy seedlings anyway, because they tend to be sickly and pathetic hydroponic things shocked into compost. Besides, they cost money, if only in travel costs.
Nah. You know the peppers you buy from the supermarket? The immature seeds you throw away? Not I. Homemade compost from veg left overs, and seeds that have been left to dry on a tray for a couple of days.
My success rate is about two out of ten seedlings. But that's no problem, when you're chopping up peppers for cooking you get hundreds. This is northern UK, and you'd be lucky to get the 19 - 25 C that they need, so three Chilies per plant is great.
I just water them when their compost feels dry, and use tomato food, about 15 ml per 500 ml water once a week.
These Chilies are 7 inches long and still growing. It takes very little effort. I'd be the first to admit that since you can buy them, why bother?
Because I can. And because it costs me little more than liquid tomato food from the local Nissan shop.
Meanwhile, the Apple tree was planted temporarily under a willow. So no fruit this year.
But The Plums. Oh boy. They are a month early, and we are picking those every day. Often, 5 lbs a day, including windfalls.
So it's plum jam, dried plum, frozen plums, plums preserved in syrup, plum sauce, chutneys and plums I can barter for apples, damsons, rose hips, whatever someone has an excess of. Plum and Chilli Jam, which by the way lasts for a year, seems popular.
Meanwhile, time to dead-head the lavender - which will be eaten or bartered one way or another. Likewise with the rosemary, closely related to and interchangeable with lavender in recipes.
Oh, and those little white flowers you can see behind the plums above to wall on the raised bed? That's garlic that I planted two years ago that a rather planting adverse relative who sharpens trees into pencils, dumped two feet of home made compost on a year ago.
That's going to great in salads and stews, even if we find no cloves beneath.
I'm totally plum'd out. Phew.