My favourite hobby is gardening and I love “trying” to grow my own vegetables both in pots and in the ground. This year I have a new raised vegetable garden which I hope will yield great results. This is a record of my successes and failures usually just kept as notes on scraps of paper. The wonders of blogging and modern technology!
Last year I tried desperately to grow Zucchini (courgettes) without much success. There were plenty of flowers but as the fruits formed they just withered and died. I was told this was either due to overwatering or the lack of bees. If it was a bee problem the only solution was to pollinate the flowers by hand, using one of my artists brushes. This year we have been blessed with numerous bees in all shapes and sizes so fingers crossed!
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My vegetable plot in March looked a little bare. The zucchini (courgette) seedlings I’d purchased in February, at the farmers market, were now growing well and producing buds. Fingers crossed this year they were going to do well. Lettuce and red cabbage seedlings were also planted plus rows of spinach seeds.
In the space of just one month, everything has tripled in size and my vegetable plot is beginning to look like a productive area and not a patch of earth. I now have red cabbage, squash, cucumber, tomatoes, radish, spinach, zucchini, beans, and spring onions.
The green beans were grown from seed planted 23/2. They are now beginning to flower.
This is my first crop of radish grown from seed planted 23/2
“THINGS” I GROW IN POTS
I now have four pots of strawberry plants which are all beginning to bear fruit. I protect the strawberries from the blackbird family nesting in our garden by covering the plants with the net bags from my potatoes.
We had our first dish or strawberries on the 14th April. They were delicious!
I was given a Rhubarb plant last year and because it was so tiny I decided to try and grow it in a pot. Not sure it will work.
Garlic cloves planted in pots last December.
Beef tomato plants grown from seed started 24/2. I add corks to the end of the canes for eye protection.
Which fruit and vegetables are you growing in your garden or in pots? Please share your successes and failures…we can all learn from each other