I wouldn't say that this year's veggie garden failed but it wasn't a great success either. I'd give it a 5.8 out of 10. A combination of late sowing (due to being away for a while) and the fierce work of millions of slugs contributed to making this adventure a lil' disappointing. The carrot and radish shoots were simply annihilated as soon as they dared showing their fresh little heads into the world. And believe me friends, broken eggshells don't work against slugs. I've seen them crawling over the shells no problemo at all as if it was butter. Well, not quite but nearly.
The garlic kind of came as a great surprise though as the cloves had been into the soil in the spring of 2014 and never came out that year. I know, you're supposed to bury them into the ground on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest -or something like that- but we thought "hey! we'll give it a go and see what happens!". They sure are tough little things and survived 6 weeks of no watering while we were away! YAY GARLIC! Just like garlic, the chives came back from the dead without me having to do anything. Perfect stuff for the lazy gardener. And it is oh so beautifully purple.
Onions are never a problem, or are they? It is my 2nd year growing them and they always look quite happy. Can't wait to be using them in my culinary adventures (I'm thinking onion bhajis mmm).
You see the lettuce heads there? Yeah, go get your magnifying glass. Well, these are still quite small but I do manage to get a few leaves from various plants every few days, before the slugs eat them completely.
The glorious and delicious nasturtiums are taking over the tomatoes. I love these flowers' vibrant colors, ranging from yellow to deep orange to fiery red. These flowers are sure to cheer up any sad looking salad. Also perfect for the lazy gardener as they require no attention at all. Let's end this with the greatest success; the tomatoes! They are sweet, juicy and delicious and don't they look so good against the white shed wall?
I'm overall positive about this year's crop. One can't expect miracles when sowing happens in a rush at the end of June and when you have all the slugs of the world against you. So I'm happy. And so are they. The slugs. Again. Sorry.