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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.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Collecting Seed from the plants you grow...

Collecting Vegetable (Bean) Seeds - saves money.
It is easy to collect seeds from the vegetables you grow like runner beans,
You can let a few beans remain on the plant near to the end of the growing season. The pods will then dry out and go 'dry and crispy' you can collect the seed by removing it from the pod and place it in a brown envelope and label it clearly with the date and what it is. Store it in a tin in a cool dry place until it is time to plant it next year.

Some plants do not come true to the parent plant when grown from collected seed because of cross-pollination by insects.

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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