It's been a bit of hard going in the garden. I've started gardening with the moon phases, planting and transplanting on the waxing moon and doing maintenance on the waning moon. We got a lot of rain this last week, which was marvelous, but it also meant I couldn't get into the garden for maintenance this cycle. My potatoes and tomatoes both had blight (which was helped along tremendously by the wet weather), and after some treatment with bicarb my tomatoes have recovered but my potatoes have not. I decided to dig them all up before the blight could reach the tubers, and I was most surprised! @aurapillay and I planted about ten of these purple potatoes, and, as you can see from the picture, I harvested a good deal more than that! Even though I had to dig them up early I'm still very happy with the harvest, and I think some purple gnocchi must be made to celebrate 💚 Other issues with the rain include a holy motherload of caterpillars hatching (which near demolished my daikon radishes and also attacked the chard and cauliflowers) and some rather unhappy blue peas. Lastly, two of the three cucumbers I planted have been struggling since it hailed a few weeks back - their leaves were damaged and they got yellow spotting everywhere. I treatrd the soil and trimmed the verbena overhead to let some more light down and the one recovered well, but the other two (which were fruiting already) simply stopped growing, putting all their energy into fruit. So I removed this guy this morning and pulled off all of their broken leaves. I think it may be too late for them, but we'll see if maybe they can make a recovery.
Incredibly long story short: here is a boatload of purple potatoes and one very small cucumber. The moral of this adventure in organic gardening (especially for this noob) is that even when the going is tough, we can still reap the benefits of what we plant with love.