This year I’m keeping a photographic diary of my humble vegetable garden; what’s growing when, where and how well.
Raised vegetable area May 2013
Despite being away for nearly two weeks I’m pleased to say my friends did a sterling job looking after all my fruit and vegetables.
Everything was just as I’d left it(alive), but almost twice the size!
My first onion crop!
The onions planted at the end of November are now ready. I’m not sure if I should lift them now, or wait until the green stems die down. Anyone grow onions?
The Contender French beans, planted from seed on the 13th of March, finally yielded a small feed of beans.
I am, dare I say, winning the battle against the snails, and I still have four red cabbage, albeit quite small.
The stalks on these cabbages are at at least 3′ tall now. Amazing. I have loads of fresh cabbage leaves on cut-and-cum again.
The English spinach I planted last month are not thriving at all. I doubt I will try this variety again.
Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Containers
This year has been the the most successful yet for growing fruit and vegetables in containers. I think the secret is definitely adding a little rotted manure with the soil, and feeding the plants regularly with MiracleGro.
Strawberries growing in pot
I now have seven containers of strawberry plants and a regular supply of delicious monster strawberries.
Last month I posted
The cucumber plants in this pot fell victim to a snail raid at the dead of night. Then about a week later, three seedlings appeared from nowhere. I called them a gift from God, because was I cursing those wretched snails. I don’t know what these are – maybe melons?
Container grown Squash
Well, the melons turned out to be squash and are growing like weeds! There are several small squash which hopefully I will not fall victim to the dreaded blossom end rot.
Growing rhubarb in pots
I returned from France to find my Rhubarb had doubled in size!
Growing tomatoes in Pots
The cherry tomato, planted in February, is now beginning to yield fruit. Still green, but at least it’s a start!
Growing aubergines in Pots
The aubergine planted in February is thriving well. It’s twin, planted at the same time but in the raised vegetable area has hardly grown by comparison. (I forgot to photograph)
Fruit Trees and Bushes in Pots
Tayberry growing in pot
I’m really pleased the tayberry bush has adapted to living in a pot. There are lots of flowers; hope these equal lots of fruit!
What else am I growing in pots?
Yellow and red peppers
Groshelhos (Not sure what these are yet) look like a red gooseberry on the card
3 peach trees
And a partridge in a pear tree…
I now have a black and a green fig tree. The larger of the two is the green fig and was purchased in March from the local market. Both seem to be doing well. If they can survive the summer they will probably live.
The orange tree is doing well and the blossom has now been replaced by tiny oranges.
Nespra Tree (Medlar)
Much to my surprise this was still yielding fruit when we returned from France. Which reminds me I’ve not posted my Nespra and Onion chutney recipe yet.
Cold and wet interspersed with sunny days. Temperatures ranged from 7C at night to 20C plus during the day.