The Bountiful Harvest

It seemed a slightly odd harvest this year.

Thanks to the unusually hot and dry summer, some old reliables failed, like our potatoes, while some pervious underperformers flourished, like our aubergines. Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Veg Patch Harvest

Particularly pleased with our first ever crop of Padron Peppers (bottom left), continuing our Mediterranean weather themed summer. And one of our favourites in the kitchen.

At this rate of climate change we’ll soon be able to supply our favourite local tapas bar!

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

Torpedoes Ahoy!

honeymoon-marrows-1-sept-2016We’ve been away from The Secret Acre for two weeks on honeymoon. Before we left we took the precaution of picking and eating all the courgettes. But these buggers grow fast, and on our return we were greeted by four massive marrows already the size of torpedoes!

In August’s issue of Home Farmer magazine their advice on growing courgettes to marrow size was simply “don’t do it!” So faced with our honeymoon marrows, anyone else got any good (and preferably tasty!) suggestions?