This has been a funny old year and the weather has been a tad erratic, many of my crops have had a poor harvest but my poor archway has been hit the hardest. Of course I’m comparing this all to last year with the bumper crop of pumpkins and beans that I got from the archway alone. I harvested 34 munchkin pumpkins in 2014 and this year I have a grand total of 4! The borlotto beans have also been a dissapointment, only growing up to 3 feet in height and giving me a handful of pods. Luckily I still have a large jar full of dried borlotto beans left over from last year!
I don’t blame the weather entirely, although I put the young plants in on time and manured the archway earlier in the year with well rotted manure. The problem with the beans is that I wasn’t here to pick them so they quickly went to seed and stopped producing any more fresh pods.
Now last year the archway was completely covered with pumpkin leaves, the actual plants climbed right up to the top of the arch and I struggled walking through because it was so full! I guess every year is different and when it comes down to it it does all depend on the weather, we can try our hardest but if the sun doesn’t shine for long enough then there is nothing we can do.. Hopefully next year will be different and my archway will be brimming with life again!