Over the Moon

In previous years, last Friday would have seen me out on the veg patch planting our chitted seed potatoes.

The ‘Good Friday Potatoes’. I read it in a book way back and the idea stuck.

Apparently, Easter potato planting is a very English thing. The Irish prefer to use St Patricks day. Continue reading

Hail the Salsify

Thoughts may be turning to Spring and the new growing season ahead, but the Winter veg bed is still providing the last of its produce.

Including this year, Salsify, a Victorian staple now out of fashion. This vegetable even featured in the Victorian classic Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management! Continue reading

And so the cycle begins again…

The New Year barely seems to have got underway, before the occasionally feel of a Spring like day arrives, and the veg growers cycle begins again.

For us at The Secret Acre that usually means the chitting potatoes gets underway, the rotated veg bed plan is drawn up and the new seed order arrives. Continue reading

139 Days Later…

Has The Secret Acre gone to rack and ruin since our last blog 5 months ago?

In short, no.

What has gone to ruin, we’ve realised, was our resolve to only work part-time since moving to the smallholding. Both our hours have slowly crept up again over the last two years, almost without noticing. Continue reading

The March to Spring

And then there were three. I’m still not quite sure how it’s happened. We had always envisaged space for three veg beds. But after the great effort made by an army of friends to get the first one going, I’d assumed numbers two and three would have to wait a while yet. Continue reading

Winter on the Veg Patch

veg-beds-january-5-2017Spring might officially still be a while off, but the first stirrings of new hope ahead are already in the gardener’s heart.

There’s the new, rotated veg patch plan to draw up, and seeds to be sorted and ordered. Continue reading

Our Year in Veg

first-brussel-sprouts-nov-2016“A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself” – May Sarton.

Personally I like to think my life so far has fortunately been a series of triumphs set against a few disasters. But the jury is definitely still out when it comes to our new veg beds!

Certainly in this first year, there have been more triumphs than losses, which is nice. But this is probably mostly because we are still easily pleased! Continue reading

The Onion & Potato Harvest

Potato Harvest 2016Another quick update from the veg patch. Our onion and potato harvests were in recently.

The onions were most satisfying, because they are another of those vegetables that we never bothered growing before, when we were container growing in a small city backyard.

The potatoes were more of a relief. We had always grown a sack or two of potatoes in the backyard. A regular and reliable staple. But now, properly in the soil for the first time, they looked decidedly less healthy, and we were worried they had failed. Continue reading