It's not easy!
Firstly the cold spring stopped the seeds to germinate and it also killed off the young seeedlings I bought from the garden centre. In the middle of May, staring at the brown soil in the kitchen garden, I regretted very much pulling off those herbs that had been growing so well in previous years; for they would have been covering the ground sufficiently. I got heavy clay soil. Rosemary, lavendar, sages, oregano, mints, lemon balm all grow happily without much attention in the sunny garden at the back.
I sow again second batch of broad bean, runner beans, french beans and eventually I got 2 broad bean and 3 runner bean plants, peas are more reliable most of them survived on the east facing patch, the west facing patch stubornedly refused to pop up. The soil could be the problem; it never had any sand added to, also there is a mature vine and cherry tree in it. Perhaps all the nutrient was sucked up by those two root system?
Snails, slugs, little birds ate all my pak choi seedling, so painstakingly raised from the seeds. so most of the vegetables planned to grow died before maturity. There was no glut, but small ration of peas, rocky leaves, lettuces, chilli harvested far between during the summer. I did have several full pods of giant peas, which made me burst into laughter at their enormous size, I however prefer them smaller, sweeter. Peas never made to the kitchen, they were eaten long before reaching the kitchen garden gate.
From my photos you can see French beans and runner beans are in flowers and doing ok. I love the taste of home grown vegetables, especially knowing how difficult for them to survive all the ' evil forces' throughout their tender lives :)
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