I’m a complete basket case right now and worried about every little thing, I know it’s going ok and it looks lovely.But I have the creeping fear that it’s all going to go wrong and everything will die. Let’s start with the winter squash. This is probably my fault. The ‘squash in the box’ were I thought both Baby Blue Hubbards. This is not true one is a baby blue, the other is a Boston Squash. Ok, so all was going well, and then the bloody aphids had a go and all the baby squash got brown and died. And then this happened.
I have one massive boston squash and one baby blue that so far seem unaffected but I have about 7 weeks before they’re ready and I’m not holding out hope, except of course I am and it’s agonising!
Aphids are also the reason for the massive pick of rhubarb, did you know that rhubarb can get aphids, nope I didn’t either. But I stripped the plant and am now drowning ants on it on a regular basis. We pulled up sweetpeas next to the greenhouse because they got greenfly. The french beans have aphids too and the cucumbers have mildew. I’m a wreck of worry because I’m I am worried about tomato blight and why the patty pan has yet to produce one fruit (the ones in the produce photo are gifts from a plot neighbour.) Then Ma points out that the carrots are ok, we’ve had over two kilos of beans from three rows of plants (half a bed), that the crookneck plant is doing well, that the butternut squash plant has six squash and is a monster, that we had blight last year and got tomatoes, that we grew beetroot, that the leek and salad beds are fine, that the cucumbers are still producing, there was even kale this week and “really Nic, you just need to stop being so negative”.Easy for her to say, she ate the first ripe tomato! However, she’s right, she often is, so here are the produce pictures from last week (minus that tomato!)On Monday, I sent Kathy home with a courgette, a cucumber and a crookneck, some parsley and basil. The plums are almost ready as are the tomatoes and I need to stop being so anxious about it (especially given that yesterday I was just talking about the problem of expecting perfection!)So last weekend, we weeded, we watered, we picked and we built a new brassica cage.We also viewed the rain from the shed while having a cup of teaIt’s all ok. Some of it will go wrong and that’s ok too.