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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, 12 June 2011

Harvesting first early potatoes, are they ready yet?

photo of first early potatoes in flower.
Flowers on your first early potatoes are a sign that they may be ready to harvest.It is a good idea to  'test the ground'  before digging up the potato plants to harvest the potatoes (in case they are not yet ready) gently remove the soil around them with your hands or with a trowel.  Just below the surface of the soil you should find a few potatoes that will give you an indication of how big the new potatoes are. 
If the potatoes you unearth are too small to be useful then do not detach them from the main plant, gently cover them back up i.e. replace the soil around them and let them grow on for a while.
If you are unearthing some potatoes that are large enough to cook; gently remove them from the plant and leave the small immature potatoes still attached to grow on further. You can continue to do this  until you are
ready to harvest the potatoes.
First earlies and salad potatoes  taste best when freshly harvested so this is a nice way to gather your first few first early potatoes or salad potatoes for today or tomorrow's meal. 

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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