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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.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

What You Doing on the Allotment Vegetable Plot ?

Busy time on allotment, weeds as always need removing a job which is quick in areas that can be worked over with a hoe but slower in places where careful hand weeding is best.

My shallots are growing but so are new weeds and as they appear they need to be removed from that area so that they do not compete with the shallots. This type of hand weeding close to a crop like onions or shallots is important and easier to do before the young weeds get bigger roots established in the soil near to the shallots. Careful weeding is important when growing a shallow rooted crop like these.

In dry spells it is a good idea to water the seed potatoes you have planted. Too much water at one time is not a good idea but neither is it good to leave them without any watering as this slows their growth. As you earth up the potatoes most of the new small young weeds will be uprooted. I like the idea of achieving two tasks with one process so regular earthing up saves on the amount of weeding required in the area that the potatoes are.

If you have very dry impoverished soil like mine when planting seeds and young plants it is a good idea to put into the planting area  something to help the young plant get started. Well rotted compost is not suitable for everything but is a good idea for others. I have used coir ( it comes in a compressed block that you soak well before use) and found that it was useful ( put it into the planting hole once it has absorbed water and I think it helps to hold the moisture for the young plant, better than just planting straight into the soil.


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