Friday, 27 September 2013

Winter veg - purple sprouting broccoli

Planted up the winter veg - purple sprouting broccoli.  It's only a small space, so limited to what 'winter veg' I can grow without intruding into early season veg.

This year's crop was great this year and hopefully the pigeons, cats and other beasties won't destroy or damage them before they get a chance to grow.  It's good value as after picking the initial flowering head, secondary shoots appear.

Saturday, 1 June 2013


Pleased to see that most of the bean seedlings have come up - runner beans, french beans and now the mangetout, which came up really quickly.

Disappointingly, only a few of the 'Yellow Pear' tomato seedlings have come up, none of the 'Gardener's Delight' and none of the lemon cucumber or cucamelon - unless they're just much slower to germinate.  Apart from the cucamelon - these were all from Seedy Sunday.

So far none of the flower seeds have germinated but the weeds are doing well.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A colourful selection

Lovely handful of colours - picked fresh for lunch in the spring sunshine.  The last few stems of the purple sprouting broccoli and mixed colours of the chard leaves.
Still a few handfuls to go before the chard bolts and supplementing my Live Below The Line 5 day Challenge this week.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Sowing seeds for 2013

I don't often sow seeds - both because in my small garden I don't need that many plants and also because I haven't had much success in the past.

However after this year's Seedy Sunday - I have plenty of seed to play with.  So - I've planted up:

Runner beans - and old favourite, although I'm not sure what variety as they weren't labelled.

French beans - also unnamed.

Tomato - Gardeners Delight and Yellow Pear.  The tiniest of seeds but as I seem to grow tomato plants quite well in my compost, these should be OK.

Lemon Cucumber - they were lovely before when I've grown them.

Cucamelon - one of James Wong's selections - a mix between cucumber and melon, with a hint of lime.

Any seeds in the shed seem to have been got at by mice.  Most of them were pretty old, so a sort out was needed - bean and peas seem to have been popular.  At least sorting through them made me realise just what a variety of seeds I had - veg and flowers.

Will sow up a few more pots and see what comes up.
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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Freshly picked broccoli

The broccoli I planted last year has been growing steadily since the Autumn and survived the cold and snow (and cats), earlier this year.

Picked this fresh for lunch with a fishcake - simply steamed - tasted delicious and great to be picking fresh veg from the garden at this time of year.

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Homegrown begins another year

Inspired by today's Seedy Sunday event at the Brighton Corn Exchange and James Wong's talk on the Home-grown Revolution, I'm determined to grow something more than slugs this year!

It's reassuring to hear that everyone else was having a tough time last year too and many were growing far more than I was in my little patch.

I don't have the space for rows of onions, leeks and the more traditional veg, so usually plant summer, salad crops.

James' idea of growing the more expensive, less available and more 'exotic' crops that have been disease and pest resistance makes perfect sense for the smaller plot or those of us who don't have a dedicated vegetable plot.

I'll also be trying more from seed this year - especially having picked up a few packets of runner and french beans, lemon cucumber, a couple of tomato varieties and chard.
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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Last ditch attempt

Planted up some mixed chard in both the square garden and my salad box. As not much has been growing this year due to the bad weather and large numbers of snails perhaps this will survive!

I seem to be more successful at growing butterfly food as the Large and Small Whites have taken a liking to my purple sprouting broccoli that I planted earlier this year.

As butterflies are having a hard enough time this year I just left them to it.  More nasturtiums needed next year to distract them.