Once more into the breach as I drive this afternoon to our local Garden Centre to buy this year's seeds and vegetable plants for our veggie garden.
Our garden is not in a very productive part of the farmyard and weather conditions play a large part in the success of the growing.
The South side is bordered by our implement shed which - except when the sun is very high in the sky - shades the top third. It is heavy soil and also very wet.
But the farmer stoically plants it up every year and then gets pleasure harvesting the peas, podding them and giving them to me to blanch and freeze; same goes for the broad beans and eventually for the runner beans. Other things like parsley, turnips, beetroot etc. depend from year to year on weather conditions.
I would give up doing it entirely if it were left to me. It always needs doing at times when there is a lot to do on the farm itself and good green grocers these days have good fresh vegetables (I know I shall get one or two keen gardeners telling me that fresh is best (Cro yes, I mean you).
But off we go again - leek plants into the cold frame to harden off, along with some broad bean plants and a tray of sweet pea plants. The rest into the garden shed to wait for time to be put into the ground.
As I say at the beginning - as usual a triumph of hope over experience. Good luck this year I hope.