If Noah had a garden……

…..do you think it would have looked like this?





Or this?








Gardeners in the UK will  relate to my plight. For those elsewhere in the world, this is not just another Brit moaning about the weather. Record after record has been broken since April and today was just one downpour too far for my already waterlogged garden. There has been so much rain that I have not needed to water any plants outside since May! After this afternoon’s deluge, what the slugs had not eaten has been washed away. Underneath the water in the photo are livingstone daisies, snap dragons and california poppies.

Apparently it is all down to the jet stream being in the wrong place but if you are to believe the weather forecasters it is on its way back to where it should be and things should be back to normal soon. For central Scotland that means humid drizzle and frizzy hair!

On the plus side we have harvested and eaten the first early potatoes. Having read the books, when first earlies flower, that is the time to dig them up. However, we waited and waited and they never flowered. The stems went yellow and fell over so we decided to see what was underneath.

The main crop tatties are in bags in the garden and are currently being decimated by slugs….but that’s a whole other blog, dear readers!

My experiment to have early carrots and petit pois worked and both crops have been eated and frozen respectively. Unfortunately, the second lot of carrot seeds I planted seemed to stop growing when they got to about 1cm high and as I have not got round to planting some more I now find myself having a bit of a carrot shortage. The peas outside are flowering so hopefully there should be more of them soon.

The spinach and pak choi were great but lack of maintenance meant they went to seed before we could eat it all.

Outside we have started to pick raspberries but as I write, the strawberries are under water! The blackcurrants and gooseberries should be ready for picking this weekend – jamtastic!

My first head of cauliflower has formed and there have been some small spears of brocolli. I need to research how you are supposed to pick  grow brocolli because mine just seems to flower immediately before an actual head forms. It’s tasty all the same. If anyone can help, please tell me where I am going wrong.

And finally, I have three tomatoes! In recent years we always started eating tomatoes around mid-June. Now we are half-way through July and look at how far behind we are. I am looking forward to my first roast cherry tomato and spaghetti supper.




2 responses to “If Noah had a garden……

  1. Oh what a shame after all that hard work. You must be really disappointed. This seems to be the common theme throughout the UK blogs on gardens. I cannot report any success with anything from this side of the Tay. The slugs have been eating the strawberries (only getting half the crop as the rest are nibbled). The gooseberries have gone mouldy. The red currants and black currants are a write off. I have one tomato the size of a once pence piece. My cucumber plants are only twelve inches high with no cucumbers yet. I am afraid to look at the tatties (Jim McColl was predicting – blight), although some are flowering, but they were quite late going in. My purple sprouting broccoli is still in a tray in the greenhouse. On the whole my first attempt at growing veggies in the ground is not going at all well. I am going to have to put the year down to experience and try not to be put off.
    I was being light hearted and joking on my blog about the annual Scottish Monsoon and was really hoping to be proved wrong. What are your thoughts about going with the flow and putting in paddy fields next year to grow rice?

    • Ha ha my purple sprouting brocolli is still in the greenhouse too, along with flowers that I have still not managed to plant in the garden and leeks. I thought I would turn my attention to spring and have loads of winter flowering pansies germinating but it has been too miserable to pot them on! As for the slugs I have noticed that they don’t touch the perennial flowers so maybe that is the secret. At least we will get some raspberry jam

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