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Growing Your Own Fruit and Vegetables

We grow our own fruit and vegetables for our meals for as much of the year as we can. Without a greenhouse we have to buy shop food in the winter months but in the spring, summer and autumn we often have enough to share with family and friends.

Read about growing your fruit and vegetables here on my growing your own food pages.

Monday, 25 January 2010

Planning what to buy to grow in the coming season... potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic...

Now is the time to be buying seed potatoes, shallots, onion sets and garlic for planting soon.

I will be planting Pentland Javelin seed potatoes for my first earlies later this year, they grow well in my sandy soil.
If you leave the purchase or ordering of them too late then your choice is more limited as they sometimes sell out of the more popular varieties of seed potato. 

Shallots are used in cooking here as often as onions and I am hoping to buy some of the 'banana' shaped ones this year as well as having a nice flavour I like
their shape. It is easier to slice them and they can be roasted whole in a tray of mixed vegetables such as peppers and parsnips.

I use onions in cooking things like shepherds pie, I like to grow some red onions as well because I like the flavour and they look attractive in salads.

Garlic is easy to grow I have a page about that on my HubPages .
I'm looking at the seed catalogues and on-line and will work out if it is cheaper to buy the things I need  like that or to purchase them locally from a garden centre.

a healthy potato plant in flower

a healthy potato plant in flower
photo of potatoes in flower

home grown carrots.. grown from seed

home grown carrots.. grown from seed
photo of my first bunch of carrots 2009

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful

Even a small batch of mixed fruit can be useful
Home Grown Fruit can be made into delicious compote