Sunday, 9 August 2015

What's happening in the Veg Patch

I’ve had a few people ask how our veg patch is doing. Its come a long way since our arrival a year ago but we still have so much to learn. Do you remember how it looked before, if not take a peek here. It was overrun with weeds, bindweed, thistles, nettles, you name it, we had it. But now, we have the fun of picking our own veg, not the weeds and as 6 year old Dax says “lets to go to the shops”. Some things have been more successful than others. We had bolted cabbages and leeks and black broccoli, we planted things too close together, we planted too much of one thing and not enough of another and planted things too late. But the potatoes, carrots, tomatoes and courgettes have been the best veggies and the tomatoes taste so sweet, not bland. We’ve also listened to our neighbours who have lived here all their lives and they don’t bother with cabbages, broccoli or any other greens as they are prone to disease, nor leeks or onions because of the bolting. They focus on beans, potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes, lettuces, melons, carrots, pepper and aubergines. So next year, more veg that does well plus some extras we didn’t try like cucumber, peas and mange-tout . Note to self - don't knock the tomatoes off before they’ve ripened.

Veg Patch 1
Veg Patch 2
Veg Patch 3
Veg Patch 4
Veg Patch 5
Veg Patch 6

6 comments:

  1. Our beans have been a disaster this year, first time ever, I suspect mice a been eating them just as the start growing, have planted twice and only have a couple of plants. Everything else is good though. Fried green tomatoes are delicious and also green tomato chutney :-)
    Oh yes, I remember what that veggie garden looked like the day you moved in :-(((( Keep well Diane xx

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    1. The mice had nibbled ours too. I've recently started some beans off in the greenhouse, planted them and they are looking OK. Just hope we get some beans off of them and its not too late x

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  2. You are doing brilliantly with your "shop". What a great comment from Dax :)
    PS: I liked the look of the courgette pickle. Surely you've run out of them by now! x

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    1. I thought it was such a sweet comment. No, the courgettes are still coming. I'm going to make for pickles plus I frozen loads grated ready for cakes and bread x

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  3. Oh well done.....what a good harvest, which I am sure will be making you both feel proud of yourselves.

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    1. I like being able to say that all the veg on our dinner plate is ours. Haven't bought and onion, potato, tomato or courgette in ages x

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