My intrepid camera lens goes under the skirts of our beetroot crop
Nevertheless we have enjoyed, dare I say it, a modicum of success in our first veg patch this summer, and we're now all abuzz with preparation for the next stage: choosing seeds for winter planting and clearing Veg Patch 2. In Veg Patch 1, our Johnny-Come-Lately beetroot continues to grow - at this stage it's more of an experiment than a crop - all show and no substance; the salad leaves are still delicious and abundant and the radishes continue swelling into enormity but are, curiously, still exceptionally tasty.
Now that's what I call… Ugly
Having tidied our tools away after our Sunday afternoon dig, we agreed the promised hour had arrived for a reviving libation down at our local hostelry. As luck would have it, whilst there I was able to corner our local gardening guru about our soil problem. I now have it confirmed (on the highest authority) that we have to treat the soil with horticultural sand and revive it with well-rotted manure or at the very least recycled compost. Righty-ho, then. Well that's my spare time this week sorted.