My husband and I live in the tiny village of Glendevon, about 20 miles from Stirling, high up in the Ochils. It is a very exposed area with plenty of midges, cold nights (just recorded 4C in July) and strong winds. Growing vegetables is not always an easy thing to do, but then again I quite like a bit of a challenge.

Trying to be self-sufficient in vegetables most of the year, we grow all the usual suspects; potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbages and so forth.

However with all the cold and wet weather we’ve had, I doubt if we will get any French beans or carrots because they both look very poorly.

But I have lifted the first potatoes, a variety called ‘Orla’ and they are quite nice.

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