Sunday, 8 August 2010

Edible August

This time of year often leads to inactivity on gardening blogs – the London Vegetable Garden included. Why? Well, in respect of myself, there's been holiday, busy times at work, lazy evenings walking along the river and even a rounders night thrown in.

But the main reason for inactivity on the London Vegetable Garden over the last month has been... plenty of activity on the allotment! The busy days of digging beds, sowing seeds, battling pests and constructing cane tents have now been replaced by solid vegetable growing.

Over the last few weeks, I have been jogging to the allotment a few times a week and conducting brief visits, which seem to consist solely of watering the plot (it's been very hot down in London) and harvesting the vegetables.

I am still waiting to experience my onions, cucumbers and tomatoes, but recently I have enjoyed the following:

Lettuce
Spinnach
Radishes
Potatoes
Runner Beans
Courgettes
Lettuce
Peas

Obviously this has been so rewarding for me. Whilst I really gained a sense of excitement from managing to grow edible produce on the London Vegetable Garden balcony last year, this summer has enabled me to grow crops of a much more significant size.

I may not be harvesting anywhere near enough to avoid shopping for vegetables at Tesco, but I am managing to bring home decent amounts of produce that contribute to a meal or two.

Here are some pictures of my recent harvests – I shall update you all on the tomatoes and cucumbers when I have news!



4 comments:

  1. Looks like you're getting bigger harvests from the plot this year than the balcony last year! I must admit that whilst it's fun to be seeing what I can grow on my windowsills and the herbs are great to be able to chop a bit of here and there to add to dishes, the numbers of tomatoes are a little limiting in terms of doing anything with them except just eating them as and when they ripen. Which I guess is no bad thing really! What delights have you made from your homegrown produce so far this year?

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  2. It's a lovely feeling isn't it, to have your own grown veg! The hot, dry weather has affected a few of my veg this year though some have enjoyed it.

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  3. Very informative and well written on this subject. I will definately be back for more information. I use my own garden for producing a lot of old wives remedies. The photographs make this blog a lot easier to read, a lot of people don't bother. Keep up the good work.

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