The Fruits of our Labour

Finally, all the work we’re put in since January is starting to pay off and I have actual food we can eat  growing in my back garden. The three year-old is ecstatic about this because she’s allowed to go out and help herself. I don’t mind in between meal snacking when it consists of peas and cherry tomatoes.

Although I do have the sneaking suspicion that one day last week she ate more than 20 cherry tomatoes in the space of a couple of hours.

That’s right, 20. Last year I managed about 7 tomatoes off all the plants. This year, off 9 plants we’ve grown at least 500. (Rough estimate that 80% of these have been eaten by the child)

We're getting some friendly little visitors to our garden now. Before this year I'd  not seen a bee in our garden, this year we're getting loads!

We’re getting some friendly little visitors to our garden now. Before this year I’d not seen a bee in our garden, this year we’re getting loads!

One of his friends pollinating my peas.

One of his friends pollinating my peas.

And we have at least two different types of bumblebee, hoverflies and loads of little white butterflies (who are drawn in by next-door’s butterfly plant)

The salad has been going down very well with husband, child and the local giant land snails.

The salad has been going down very well with husband, child and the local giant land snails. (they’re actually just normal snails, but they’re massive!)

Amusingly shaped carrots, ready to be dug up this week.

Amusingly shaped carrots, ready to be dug up this week.

More carrots

More carrots

Our giant courgette plant which is also giving us giant courgettes. 914g and 1000+g to be precise.

Our giant courgette plant which is also giving us giant courgettes. 914g and 1000+g to be precise.

Beans still in flower. Now starting to get some pods.

Beans still in flower. Now starting to get some pods.

Courgettes coming along nicely.

Courgettes coming along nicely. These ones are destined to be normal sized.

A rare non-eaten cherry tomato. as soon as this is mostly red it will mysteriously disappear

A rare non-eaten cherry tomato. as soon as this is mostly red it will mysteriously disappear

the beans in the veggie patch have done very poorly. I will only grow them in pots next year I think.

the beans in the veggie patch have done very poorly. I will only grow them in pots next year I think.

Lots and lots of peas (over 2lbs unshelled) Well that's what I've picked, on top of that is the vast amount that have been scrumped off the plants by the child

Lots and lots of peas (over 2lbs unshelled) Well that’s what I’ve picked, on top of that is the vast amount that have been scrumped off the plants by the child

Chief-taster scoffing the peas. Her verdict: "delicious!"

Chief-taster scoffing the peas. Her verdict: “delicious!”

 

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