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The final bits from the garden

While I’ve still got a few chilli plants chugging away in the greenhouse the rest of the vegetable and fruit plants in the garden are pretty much done.

The other week me and the family stripped the pear tree of the rest of the fruit off of it. It’s a small tree. It has spent most of the season bent over with fruit. And yet, it still hangs in there to give me this. To which I say, thank you.

Pears, pears, pears!

Greenhouse growing – chillies

I haven’t had a great amount of luck this year with my garden growing. I managed one tomato and a nice harvest of onions.

However my chilli plants have done really well in the greenhouse and am contemplating bringing a couple of them into the house during winter so I can keep getting fresh chillies through to next year!

Chilli in the garden greenhouse

The fruit of my labor

Remember I said that all my tomatoes were dead and gone? Well, I was slightly wrong.

Only the lonely

Here is the one lone tomato that I found growing and ripening in amongst all the dead plants. Which I found odd. But hey! Here’s to you, my only home-grown tomato.

They’re all dead and gone. Tomatoes that is

Another year and another dead tomato crop. Just the tomatoes. The onions, strawberry plants and asparagus are completely unscathed. I’m no gardening expert, but I feel inclined not to grow any tomatoes next year!

I don’t know what happened. They were growing fine, like last year. I went on holiday for a couple of weeks. During which time they were looked after. However, while I was away I know it rained a hell of a lot in England.

I got back and the plants themselves were fully grown and big. A few had fruit. None that had ripened. But they all had black staining on them and didn’t look the least bit healthy.

My mum said it could be too much water, due to the rain. Or there could be a tomato plant disease just out in the air. Whatever it is, I do not like it.

Last year I ended with, ‘Better Luck Next Year’. Nope, I did not have better luck this year! Maybe next?

Trials and Tribulations of Growing At Home

Going greenYes, I like to potter around in the garden. Gardening means I’m not staring at a screen, I’m outside in the relatively fresh English air and I’m getting a little bit of exercise.

It’s probably something that I’ve got from my mum – she’s very much into gardening and growing stuff at home. I grew up eating a lot of homegrown fruits and vegetables. Well at least in the summer and early autumn months.

Last year I dabbled with a grow bag and some tomato plants. It was a success. Of sorts. The plants began to die towards the end of the summer because there wasn’t enough space for them in the tiny grow bags! But before the death, I did manage to get plenty of fruit off of them.

This year I stepped up my game with tomatoes, onions, strawberries, chillies and Italian beans all planted in a little plot at the back of the garden. Some were grown from seed in the greenhouse and others were either plants from my mum or just grown straight in the ground.

I’ve loved watching everything grow! It sounds a bit, pathetic? I just feel all too young to be excited about these kinds of things.

Things have been going great, except the onions. They just all died. Too much rain! I got some strawberries. The chillies have been good. Tomato plants just kept getting bigger and bigger.

Until I ventured into the garden earlier this week to pick some tomatoes for a salad. This is what I found:

Devastation - Dead Tomato Plants

All my tomato plants are dead/dying! It’s got cold here recently and that was enough for them to have enough. Damn.

I’ve tried to rescue as many tomatoes as I could and am going to attempt to ripen them indoors. They’re in a small box, wrapped in newspaper with a banana (to help ripen) away from the light.

Hasn’t put me off. Just the perils of growing at home. Better luck next year?