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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, 19 April 2012

Weather and growing vegetables -

The weather has caused a dilemma over whether we continue planting the seeds outside that you normally would in April at this stage.

The warm early start has now given way to wet and cold weather. Great! Not really. This vegetable growers post may be a bit gloomy and pessimistic.

The onions and shallots had got off to really good start but if this wet spell continues there is a possibility that the dampness will affect them.

The potatoes though needing the moisture to develop, also need warmth to start into growth.

I suppose it will all work out in the end as usual, because the weather suits some of the things you are growing better than others. So you get winners and losers as some crops like the weather they have 'thrown' at them one year while other crops sulk or go into decline.

Some things are germinating (radishes) so all should be OK eventually it just might take longer.

I am hoping the blossom on the fruit trees have had the bees visit them between the showers. I cannot imagine a year without our own plums.

BTW - The rhubarb seems really good this year, tasty when cooked up and also growing vigorously.

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