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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.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Planting Asparagus, yes really

Some things I do not consider worth the effort, you know like cutting tomatoes into flower shapes when preparing a salad, after all you are gong to eat them not wear them as jewellery.

Well nurturing something that requires me to read several books and then watch a video before planting it falls in to that category for me. I like the growing the useful basic fruit and  vegetables with good flavours best. Life as they say is to short to stuff a mushroom, I think that is a Shirley Conran quote from a much earlier decade. I do not mind pretty or unusual colours in fruit and vegetables for a bit of novelty as long as I do not have to sacrifice the taste, in order for it to look good.

What I mean is look what happened when I watched the Jamie Oliver programme a few years ago and he sung the praises of the pink fir apple potato. If you are interested yes it did taste nice, and it looked very cute as potatoes go in an ugly sort of way. Maybe that is why he likes them. Me, I will not be growing them again delicious they may be cooked whole as chips or delightful with a salad. Harvesting them ( pink-fir apple potatoes)  was a night-mare that took up too much of my time when I needed to be doing other things.

So the other day it was with a bit of hesitancy that I planted the asparagus that I had been asked to grow for someone. The deed is done now, but it took some time trench digging and what have you, and now they will just have to fend for themselves. Probably they will surprise us all, and will thrive on the neglect they will get hence forth. Tara - that's it for today the garden is calling.

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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