Friday, 24 April 2015

More of everything!

Of last year's garden produce, we have left....4 red onions, plenty of brown onions and shallots, 1 pot of strawberry jam, 1 pot of chutney, a tub of frozen roasted tomatoes, 3 or 4 frozen tubs of various veg soups and 1 tub of carrot & potato mash.  We had the last butternut squash 3 or 4 weeks ago.  Our potatoes were very disappointing last year, both earlies and maincrop, much lower yield than in previous years.  The stored maincrop spuds ran out a couple of months back. 

With OH's coming retirement in mind, we want to grow as much veg and fruit as we can, to the point of being self sufficient pretty much all year round.  To this end, OH is going to construct another 2 raised beds in the centre of the lawn....as mentioned previously, we don't sit out in the back garden as it doesn't get as much sun as the front and isn't as sheltered, so the lawn is pretty much wasted space.

Currently we have early and maincrop spuds planted, including some earlies in bags in the polytunnel for really early harvesting (we did this as an experiment last year and they were quite successful, so are doing more this year).  Lots of brown and red onions and shallots.  A small bed of carrot seedlings.  In pots indoors or covered in fleece in the polytunnel are tomatoes (3 kinds), Brussels, cauli, butternut squash, purple sprouting broccoli, yellow & green courgettes, yellow French beans, climbing peas, ridge cucumbers, peppers.

For salad leaves, we simply buy a tub of the Growing Salad from the supermarket salad aisle....it's usually £1 a tub for a mixture of red and green leaves.  We've done this 2 years running now and it's really successful....we separate out the plants, there's usually around 15 or 20 in the tub, and plant them up in a growbag.  We put it on the old garden table and cover it with a homemade fleece cloche....keeps the butterflies and slugs off.  It grows really well and we're picking salad leaves all through the summer.  When you consider a bag of salad leaves is £1.50 or £2.00, it's a huge money saver.

4 comments:

  1. I have planted most of my potatoes in builders buckets this year, first and second earlies only. I may have gone overboard on them but will share around, I have already been promised runner beans and cauliflowers. My new garden is much much smaller than my last so I will be growing small amounts of lots of veg. I have lots of salad stuff as I can happily eat it everyday.

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    1. Sounds like you're well organised, Pam. It's good to have people to exchange goodies with, isn't it? Sadly, we appear to be the only ones in our little community who grow stuff.

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  2. You will be the envy of your neighbours with all those veggies coming on. I wish I could bend far enough to actually grow food.

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    1. Not sure some of our neighbours know what veggies are, TA, going on the amount of pizza boxes and ready meal cartons in the recycling bins ;-)

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