My new playground: the wild west of Ireland

cow agfaJust last week I was writing about my veggie garden. Well, I am now miles away from it, having moved a few days ago from the east to the wild west of Ireland (County Kerry). I was warned it is wild. Especially in the winter. As a matter of fact, there is an orange weather alert in effect for today. Woah! Orange only comes before red after all. I guess that’s what you get for moving so close to the wild Atlantic. sneem c I had a chance to explore my new backyard in dry and more comfortable weather the first few days I was here. To my delight, the Kerry Way, one of Ireland’s longest hiking trail at over 200 km, runs just behind our place. DSCN3179 resizedSo I got on my bike and couldn’t believe my eyes, just like a little girl realizing how vast and beautiful her new playground is. Exciting times ahead, in the rain, or in the dry.

I’d give it a 5.8 out of 10

I wouldn’t say that this year’s veggie garden failed but it wasn’t a great success either. I’d give it a 5.8 out of 10. IMG_1217A combination of late sowing (due to being away for a while) and the fierce work of millions of slugs contributed to making this adventure a lil’ disappointing. The carrot and radish shoots were simply annihilated as soon as they dared showing their fresh little heads into the world. And believe me friends, broken eggshells don’t work against slugs. I’ve seen them crawling over the shells no problemo at all as if it was butter. Well, not quite but nearly.image

The garlic kind of came as a great surprise though as the cloves had been  into the soil in the spring of 2014 and never came out that year. I know, you’re supposed to bury them into the ground on the shortest day of the year and harvest on the longest -or something like that- but we thought “hey! we’ll give it a go and see what happens!”. They sure are tough little things and survived 6 weeks of no watering while we were away! YAY GARLIC! IMG_1223 Just like garlic, the chives came back from the dead without me having to do anything. Perfect stuff for the lazy gardener. And it is oh so beautifully purple.

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Onions are never a problem, or are they? It is my 2nd year growing them and they always look quite happy. Can’t wait to be using them in my culinary adventures (I’m thinking onion bhajis mmm). image

You see the lettuce heads there? Yeah, go get your magnifying glass. Well, these are still quite small but I do manage to get a few leaves from various plants every few days, before the slugs eat them completely.image

The glorious and delicious nasturtiums are taking over the tomatoes. I love these flowers’ vibrant colors, ranging from yellow to deep orange to fiery red. These flowers are sure to cheer up any sad looking salad. Also perfect for the lazy gardener as they require no attention at all. imageLet’s end this with the greatest success; the tomatoes! They are sweet, juicy and delicious and don’t they look so good against the white shed wall?

I’m overall positive about this year’s crop. One can’t expect miracles when sowing happens in a rush at the end of June and when you have all the slugs of the world against you. So I’m happy. And so are they. The slugs. Again. Sorry.