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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.

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Which vegetable plants are coping with the dry weather

With the extended dry spell, we are having trouble with even germinating seeds sown directly in to the ground at the moment. The veggies that are doing best and holding their own are the ones in raised beds in the garden. The reason is simple, we can water them when necessary unlike the ones at the allotment. I have courgettes in pots that are coming along well in growth, the peas in the raised beds are beginning to twirl their tendrils around the sticks I have put into support them. Radishes are growing well there too, the lettuce looks a bit sad, the beetroot is also growing but slowly.

At the allotment the potatoes seem to be growing their foliage slower than usual, the French dwarf beans are just about holding their own. Shallots, onion sets and garlic can cope with these sorts of conditions given an occasional watering when they are looking a bit worse for wear and in need of a drink.

The strawberries are producing lots of fruit but the berries are ripening in a rather random fashion.

Hope to post a good news update on the progress of the fruit and vegetable plot soon.

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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