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?

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A Trug Full of Veg

Trug of Veg - July2016Weed it and reap” is an old garden saying, and although we might be behind in the weeding of our new veg beds, no sooner had our first veg arrived than it seemed we were suddenly reaping a glut of veg.

Including, pleasingly, some vegetables like beetroot and cabbages, which we hadn’t tried growing before when we were container growing in our small backyard previously. Continue reading

Our first Veg

First Ever Veg - Broad Beans June 2016No sooner had we opined that our new veg bed might successfully produce some harvest after all, than our first veg duly arrived in the form of Broad Beans.

In fairness the young broad bean plugs has been gifted to us by a kindly neighbour, rather than being fully our own work, but we are still taking it as a win.

Fortunately we also happen to love broad bean pesto discovered a few years ago thanks to the services at the time of an Able & Cole veg box, and can highly recommend it to you if you’ve never tried it.

This is the (Good) Life!

Birthday Hammock 1 - June 2016So the house is finished and the vegetables are growing.

Surely time now then to simply lay back in warm summer sunshine and enjoy the good life!

The American humorist, S.J. Perelman, apparently once wrote that –

“A farm is an irregular patch of nettles, containing a fool who didn’t know enough to stay in the city.”

Little did he know that this fool has a hammock!

Veg Bed Update

The Veg Beds in May

The Veg Beds in May

Well at least (most) things are growing in this year’s first test vegetable beds.

Already we are learning lots of useful things for next year, including the undoubted benefits of more manure, lots more manure. And the sensible advice of our much more experienced neighbours to provide a good level of protection on certain crops. Continue reading

Getting Fruity

gg_logoThe guerrilla growing movement has taken off in cities across the globe in recent years as citizens reclaim unloved urban spaces for veg growing.

Most city authorities now embrace and support these movements, recognising the positive contribution thy make in creating healthier, happier, edible cities.

So it was intriguing to read a ‘weak signal from the future’ via Forum for the Future, about the work of the Guerrilla Grafters in San Francisco. Continue reading