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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.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Good News Fruit Picking, Bad News Weeds.

Good Cropping  but still Bad, Persistent Nuisance Weeds.
Busy times, picking fruit and then if not eaten same day preparing it to store in freezer or fridge.
While at the same time, I am aware of the need to tackle the thriving weeds that live at the edges of the plot.

The bindweed and the weed called marestail continue to pop up in some areas of the allotment, even the most cultivated and used areas of the plot which is annoying, with care I can hoe the tops off both until after I have harvested the crops. Obviously, if I can extract the bindweed with its root, then that is the best way to deal with it.

 I know that I will have to spend time doing yet another battle (but a lesser one than in past years) with the persistent weeds and that will be after the main growing season ends.
I can see that there are less weeds than when I took over the plot but it is still irritating to see them return year after year. I do not really like the idea of using machinery to prepare an allotment plot when you take it on but I do see how it might work for some people.

Eventually, I would like to get to the no-dig plan for my allotment but it will not be suitable for it at the moment.

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