by Max Akroyd

More warm weather. Temperatures of 21°C are forecast for later in the week and it’s very confusing for the plants. My rhubarb is sprouting and the raspberries, which should have been pruned back by now, are ripening in sufficient quantities to make enough crumble for six people every other day! Less welcome is the continued growth of the grass which requires a new round of mowing – much to the delight of the mini pigs who gathered expectantly at their gate as soon as the mower fired up…

Garlic planting was next on the agenda. Yards and yards (well, about twenty five) of Messidor (white) and Germidour (violet) and that’s only half of it done. Helped on by lots of wild garlic in spring, this crop is the closest to a self-sufficient certainty I’ve managed to date. Which is just as well because, as a family, we use it on an almost industrial scale.