The front garden (on a sunny slope, discretely positioned) garlic patch from this summer has been dug over, doubled in size, stirred and filled with composted stable manure, rained on a couple of times and tomorrow will be receiving its garlic bulbs ready for another bumper and tasty crop next summer.

What with the trees and the flowers it is very hard to find anywhere in this garden to plant a decent food crop – the back garden portion that would do is full of blackcurrant bushes – so this corner that throws up good garlic is very important.