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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, 3 May 2012

How many weeds have sprung up while it has been too wet to walk on the vegetable plot?

Yesterday I managed to put in about 3 hours at the allotment. As you can probably guess after the wet spell there was plenty to keep me busy. However even I was surprised by how many weeds were springing up in places where I least wanted them.

One of the first things I had to tackle was weeding the onions and shallots. I had not planned to do that as it was one of the jobs I did last time we had a day dry enough to work there. I could see that left for much longer the newly germinated and the odd perennial weed that had emerged would compete with the growing onions and shallots for nourishment form the soil and light and air. I think if you let the weeds flourish the onions suffer from problems more too.

I decided to earth up some of the early potatoes even though the green shoots had just emerged from the soil. If it stays wet and then drys out the sandy soil will pan and be more difficult to work so i took an educated guess on that and I hope it works out for the best.

The currant bushes seem to have the tiny clusters of fruit forming on them and if they produce as many as there appears to be at the moment it would be a good crop. When did they flower and come to that when did the bees manage to pollinate them? Must have been on the few occasions when the sun has managed to shine between the down pours of rain that we have had.

Oh well, on with catching up with other tasks, not related to growing and nurturing the fruit and veg. plot.

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