When I think of the time and effort that I put into growing 'stuff' I find myself asking at the end of the season 'Is it worth it?'
I planted my tomato and chilli seeds on the 23rd of March, that's 6 months ago! I nurtured them in my new heated propagator and then potted them on when they grew big enough.
I gave some to friends and planted the strongest ones in my polytunnel. Then I fractured my ankle and needed my son to check them regularly so they didn't die in my absence.
Luckily they survived and I spent my whole summer holiday nurturing them as they were the only things that survived the neglect and the wet months of May and June.
There are still a few tomatoes ripening on the windowsill but so far I've processed enough in various ways to fill 11 of these containers and freeze them. Each one is equivalent to a can of tomatoes currently costing 28p in my supermarket. But surely they taste better for being home grown and organic? Honestly, there's no difference in taste once it's made into a sauce!
But those 6 months gave me a reason for going to my favourite place even when the weather was awful. Even when I didn't feel like leaving the house. Maybe when I pull out a frozen tub of tomato sauce in the middle of Winter it will make me smile and start my plans for next year. 🍅