Out of the Gloom Came Harvest and Happiness!

Hello There to All my Followers. I wish to apologize to you all who have gone to the trouble of “Liking” or Following my Veggie Blog.I have not been able to find the time lately to let you know how my garden goes. Family circumstances over the last few months have intervened in my blogging ability and time. But I think we are coming to a conclusion in the next week or two. My daughter who had been staying with us temporarily with 2 young girls has found a house ,which should be available to move into soon. Β In the meantime, I have a free night to catch up with you all !

This year here in Ireland has been the wettest and coldest as long as I can remember, and that has been a “few” years now…LOL! Everything has been late germinating or devastated with blight, virus or slugs. We might have got a good day here and there, but I think it was just Mother Nature teasing us into believing it actually was summertime!

But with all that doom and gloom, some veggie plants struggled with their meagre life and decided to put up a fight to live…..and lived to tell this tale of fruitfulness ….Here are some of my success pictures…………Kayley got her own little tools and I gave her a patch in the tunnel to plant a row of Perpetual Spinach and 2 Dwarf French Beans,a Basil plant and a sucker Tomato….



after 2 weeks her french beans are …..Bloomin’ Great πŸ™‚



A few carrots,beetroots and turnips every day have kept my enthusiasm up and the first tastings before I blanche and freeze have kept my juices flowing……




Last year a gardening friend gave me some yellow cherry toms to taste…..I thought they would be bitter because I was only use to reds……wow, was I surprised…so surprised I managed to think of saving their seeds to try for myself this year.The other reds here are red cherry and garden hanging pearls. Ooops….note to self here…..save some more seeds for next year…:)



I am also looking ahead hopefully at these tiny Brussels Sprouts in the tunnel, dinner for the 25th Dec….not saying the “dreaded” word though…LOL!

I just knew I couldn’t resist a free packet of seeds from a garden magazine…..I DID try…but being a true gardener I had to….I sowed a few in case some would not germinate…..how silly of me to think that the one plant I really didn’t mind NOT to germinate would actually ALL germinate…..Please all feel free to call and empty my fridge so I can fit more food in..Courgettes (Zuchinni) galore !





I really..really hope that from 3 Aubergine plants that I have in a growbag will produce at least one fruit….I know they are difficult to set, but I am trying my best!


So despite the slow, bad start and middle and losing all our spuds to blight, there is always a light at the end of the “tunnel” and I hope it’s NOT the oncoming train….LOL!

To Autumn sowings and there is Always Next Year πŸ™‚

Cheers, from a Gardening Addict πŸ˜‰


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  1. It has been an awful year for all us veggie gardeners so you’re not on your own there – the things we have to put up with eh! Still you are managing to get some good stuff out of all your hard work so it can’t be all bad. I’m looking for ways to use up the courgettes although they haven’t been as prolific as in other years.

  2. Shame about the potatoes but your other produce looks fabulous. Good luck with the aubergines. I might try growing some in my house next year!

  3. I think we need to get some sort of a grow house next year. Anything outside is failing, but our friends’ veggies are doing well in their little house!

  4. Good luck with the Aubergines…I gave up on them a few years ago…never even got one. Hopefully you will be luckier.

    • Hmmm…Bridget……I did have one teeny one, but the stalk seems to go yellow and they fall off. I just cannot get my head around this cause my brother grew them outside on his patio in England some years ago! I will wait and see this year, but never again..LOL!

  5. The weather has been the same here making it a terrible gardening year. It’s been too cold, too wet, not much sunshine and far too many slugs and snails.
    Despite all that I think that we’ve all managed to grow something. Reading this post and looking at the pictures I don’t reckon that you’ve done too badly considering.
    I like yellow tomatoes having grown some a couple of years ago, and I’m trying again this year but they’re still green and blight is around.
    It’ll be better next year…said with fingers crossed! xx

  6. You have done so well considering the whole shebang of weather we had thrown at us! I have veggie envy just seeing your results. Never worry about going missing, we all do that, life is just like that. But good to have you back!

    • Thank you,Catherine. The aubergines don’t seem to like me though, just as the little fruits appear, the stem starts rotting and they drop off. I have used all organic home made liquid feeds, but to no avail. Aaah sure I wouldn’t know how to cook them anyway πŸ™‚


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