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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, 8 September 2011

Digging up our main crop potatoes -

Making a start, getting our main crops ready to store for future use. 

We are digging up some of the main crop potatoes, but not digging them all up at once. The reason for this is that, we do not want to leave them in the ground for too long in case of slug damage.  But we do want to harvest in small enough batches to  prepare them for storing in hessian or paper sacks. This means we need to leave them in the garden to dry ( we put ours on trays or wire racks), the when they are dry and the loose soil is off them we will bag them up into the hessian sacks or paper potato sacks to store.  

Any damaged potatoes should be used up straight away, as they are no good for storage purposes. We also label up the sacks as which to use first if some look more prone to not storing well.
Even once we have stored them away in a frost proof place we will still check the sacks regularly, as one potato rotting can spread to others. Plus it is not pleasant putting your hand in a potato sack and picking up a yucky smelly potato, we want none of that thank you.

More soon, we are harvesting Romano potatoes and they are looking good.

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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