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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, 21 April 2011

Planting dwarf French beans

Since I started growing vegetables on the allotment I have grown peas, runner beans and French beans. This year I am not sowing runner beans but I am sowing more French beans and will plant them so that I sow more seed every couple of weeks to stagger the harvesting dates.

The seed packet for the Saxa beans says
not to plant before May the 10th in case of late frost damage, but I have decided to take a chance with an early sowing as the weather is mild here at the moment. If I lose them to a frost I will just sow some more and start again. Sometimes a gamble like this works and sometimes it does not but then nothing is lost except a few seeds.

I will earth up the beans as they develop to protect them. I prefer the taste of the French beans and they are simpler to grow as they do not need supports in the way runner beans do.

I will update on this as the beans grow.

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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

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