Harvest- End of September 2021

The season is beginning to come to an end. We’re still getting tomatoes (another 9kg since our last post) but the plants are looking decidedly sickly with botrytis/grey mould killing off the ends of the plants, the leaves and (more frequently now) the fruit. It looks like the problem has affected even the fruit that…… Continue reading Harvest- End of September 2021

Growing Fruit & Vegetables at Home – 7th May 2021

Although there are lots of things I have written about before, I’m going to treat this as a start-up.  As I said I have a spreadsheet, it consists of three parts: Calendar:which lists what I’ve sown, transplanted, and harvested by date. All years are concatenated so I can see everything I’ve done in previous years;Harvest:…… Continue reading Growing Fruit & Vegetables at Home – 7th May 2021

Mid September 2020 – The beginning of the end

Whilst there are still quite a few tomatoes still to come, its obvious that the plants are well past their best and we can see that the end of the season is in sight. We pulled up the first of the plants today which (surprisingly) was Summer Cider. Our harvest so far has been much…… Continue reading Mid September 2020 – The beginning of the end

End of October 2019 – Review

Well, we’ve got to the end of October, the clocks have gone back and fireworks are beginning to sound in advance of Guy Fawkes Night. I tend to think about now as the end of the productive year and start to think about what should be done for next year. Its been a funny old…… Continue reading End of October 2019 – Review

End of September 2019 Update

So, we’ve reached the end of September and autumn is beginning to make itself felt. The days are already noticeably shorter and the temperatures are starting to drop. The polytunnel has certainly slowed down, french beans have produced less than 1kg of beans although some of the late sowings are still producing edible beans. We’ve…… Continue reading End of September 2019 Update

End of August 2019 Update

(I forgot to publish this before the end of August but it still makes sense even two weeks later) We’re now at the end of August and the Polytunnel has continued to produce reasonable quantities of various things.But first the bad. The tomatoes are well behind normal August last year saw over 15kg of fruit.…… Continue reading End of August 2019 Update

End of June update

We’re at the end of June and the garden is looking OK. The vegetables are beginning to deliver with Sugar Snap Peas, Broad Beans and French Beans adding to the Lettuce and Radishes that we’ve been harvesting for a while. Nothing in “glut” volumes yet but the courgettes, cucumbers & French Beans look like they’re…… Continue reading End of June update

Recipe: Chicken Noodle & Vegetable Soup

This recipe really isn’t about the chicken or the noodles but about making something simple that uses whatever vegetables are in season. As such its slightly difficult to identify what are the ingredients we’ve added from our garden as its “anything you want” that will cook quickly. The ingredients in italics are from our garden.…… Continue reading Recipe: Chicken Noodle & Vegetable Soup

How much food do you waste?

The other day I was reading an online article (at theconversation.com) (it was raining) which finished with “people who grow their own waste less” and we should therefore replace the “farm to plate” production line with “garden to plate”. As I had just thrown out some lettuces that had gone over, I had a debate…… Continue reading How much food do you waste?

Polytunnel Vegetables

  We’re now into late May so the polytunnel is beginning to get planted up. Up until now, its been providing us with lettuces and swiss chard but the swiss chard is coming to an end so now the summer vegetables get added. I’ve decided to follow through with similar planting to last year, Dwarf…… Continue reading Polytunnel Vegetables