Friday, 10 August 2012

Veg growing olympics

It's the London Olympics and I have been glued to the TV, watching all manner of sporting achievements!  It's been stunning but has meant that, given that we have had visitors as well, the blog got a bit neglected.  It's been quite nice being in a bit of a bubble and enjoying the sports - a good distraction from the bad stuff that goes on in the world.

Homegrown & very tasty...
We have been able to harvest the first lot of tomatoes - they are absolutely delicious and sweet.  I will definitely try and grow these again next year.  We have also been feasting on our blueberries and the potatoes are in now as well - smaller than hoped but tasty nonetheless. 

I don't think we will have a lot of apples this year :-(  It was just too cold for the bees when the blossoms were out, so not enough pollinating went on.  I would say we will probably have about a quarter of last year's harvest... not great!  I dare say that it is the same across the country, so I wouldn't be surprised to see prices going up in the shops.  And there are other - far more serious - implications of the current weather scenarios across the world.  The drought in the US is affecting wheat, corn and soya crops and flooding in the East is causing havoc for rice growers.  This has to be a wake-up call for all of us but I doubt it will be :-(

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