I have had a simply lovely time over the half-dozen years or so since I started this blog.
Since July 2009, when I began by writing rather shyly about salads with an admirable economy of words which I seem to have lost along the way, I have battled my way through drought, torrential rain and foot-deep snow; I’ve tried and occasionally succeeded a kaleidoscope of different types of new vegetable, from yacon to tomatilloes to sweet potatoes; I’ve experimented with grow bags, and I’ve founded the honourable institution that is the annual Crocus Spud Awards, working my way through around 30 or so different types of potato along the way (some outstanding, some middling, some blimmin’ awful).
When I began, I was the happy holder of a fine ten-rod allotment: a little scruffy, maybe, but it was my slice of heaven. I left with huge sadness – it is still one of the very few things I miss about my old house, along with the close proximity of RHS Garden Wisley. It’s now two allotments, not one (a sign of the times if ever there was one), and owned by a doctor and a Chinese chap, who I hope are looking after it with rather more attention to overall neatness than I did.
And for the last four seasons I’ve been turning an overgrown wilderness with five feet thick hedges either side into another veg patch that has, again, taken on more of my odd little personality quirks than perhaps I should admit to. Gardens are like that: it’s not very long before they become the mirrors of their owner.
So now, as I set off into my fifth season here, those nice people at Crocus have asked me to show you how I do things rather than just waffling on about them. Yes, dear reader, I am about to take you into my garden at the business end of a video camera. So you’ll get to see where and how I grow my veg, rather than just reading about it, and hopefully I’ll be showing you some useful stuff about how you can grow some outstandingly good grub in your own garden, too.
Look out for the videos popping up all over the place on www.crocus.co.uk – especially on their rather fine Inspiration page. I’ll also be linking to the newest ones from my own blog, where I’ll also be continuing to ponder and pontificate about what’s been going on in my veg garden and general gardening stuff, too, should you be at a loose end for five minutes or so.
But for now, from this blog anyway, it’s so long. I’m not sure there’s been much fish involved, which will have disappointed Douglas Adams fans, but thank you for reading: it’s been a lot of fun.