My neighbour Louis has a smallholding, and keeps sheep. He gave me a big trailer-full of sheep manure this springtime, and I planted squashes and melons on it. I got a decent harvest too, and I gave some to Louis.
Yesterday I collected a couple of loads of manure, and started spreading it on the veg patch, ready for Springtime planting. We have had a very dry year here, after a very wet start to the season. I have a well, so I was able to keep things going, but the ground is hard, and I can't dig up the potatoes that are still in the ground.
I got good crops of tomatoes, and the shallots and garlic did well, onions less so. Plenty of squash (thanks to Louis) and French beans. Enough potatoes too. Runner beans were a failure; plenty of flowers but few beans, and I was disappinted by the sweet corn - I found it hard to pick it at the right time, and it came out a bit chewy and not especially sweet. The best cob I had was the first one I picked, and that I ate raw - very sweet and juicy. The blackbirds got most of the gooseberries, as usual.
Incidentally, Louis has some crocus flowering. I don't know if there are Autumn flowering crocus, or they are normal Spring ones, confused by our strange weather.