It’s been a while since my last update.
Unfortunately, my work with my full-time job has become extremely busy, wedding season kicked in for my photography business and, in the time I had left, I had a lot of family commitments. The result has been a poor year, and I have had a minimal amount of produce from my garden.
Now the wedding season is slowing down, and social activities are becoming less frequent, I have some time to reflect on this year and start to prepare for 2020 while the days are still warm.
Next year I plan to reduce the amount of space I use to grow crops to help reduce the amount of land I have to keep an eye on. This means losing the Allotment and focusing on my home plots. I also need to find a better way of staying on top of weeds so I can spend more time tending my vegetables rather than pulling up unwanted plants.
I have not had a great year with climbing plants or vines. Until now, I have relied on bamboo canes to create structures for the plants to climb. High winds earlier in the year have blown these over on several occasions. I really need a better, stronger solution.
Despite not spending much time tending my garden, I have had a few crops do well. My cut and grow again lettuce did exceptionally well and kept us in salad for most of the summer, and we have had a great crop of carrots this year. The tomatoes planted into the main bed have done well (but need stronger supports) and are still producing as I write, but the plants in pots have not done so well due to a lack of watering.
I have not been uploading to YouTube over summer either for the same reasons I have not been able to get in the garden. I had tried to create a few tutorials, but I realised I do not have enough knowledge and experience to produce good tutorials, and they took a lot of time to plan, shoot and edit. I hope to get back to creating videos for YouTube. I enjoyed making them, but I think I will stick to documenting what I am doing and sharing what I have learnt as I discover new and better ways of growing my own food.
I also plan to get back to uploading to this blog regularly. Writing the blog helps me to pull together the things I am learning into one place, and it’s great to be able to connect with other people who have the same interest.