The brassica harvest begins…

As you may remember, we sowed some "trial" brassicas back in March to test open packets of seeds that we had left over from last season. We sowed three of a variety of seeds: cauliflowers, broccoli and romanesco cauliflowers. The first cauliflower variety is now ready to harvest. These are Barcelona. Not the best looking... Continue Reading →

A rather snappy (excuse the pun!) pea update

The sugar snap peas are moving rapidly at the moment. In the space of a week, they went from their first flowers forming to lots and lots of pods! We even managed to have a few in a stir fry over the weekend. I think we harvested them slightly prematurely, but they still tasted delicious,... Continue Reading →

Harvesting the elephant garlic

We won a few elephant garlic cloves in one of our National Vegetable Society Essex District Association raffles at the beginning of 2020. We tried to grow garlic last year with little success, but we were up for giving it another go this year! We grew the garlic in multipurpose compost last year, but we... Continue Reading →

Peppers: indoor vs outdoor growing

So it turns out peppers prefer to be grown indoors, or at least it gives them a head start over their outdoor counterparts. Although the ones that are growing outdoors are starting to set some fruits, there are definitely lots more on the plants in the greenhouse, and the peppers are generally larger. This is... Continue Reading →

A rainbow (well green and yellow!) of container courgettes

The Sunstripe courgette has got its first courgettes forming - very exciting! And as advertised, it is virtually spineless which is great news, as the spines can be very prickly at times, and for some reason seem to react with my skin to give me a rash! The Midnight are further ahead. We've already had... Continue Reading →

The strawberries haven’t turned out too badly

After an initial panic that our strawberry plants weren't growing as rapidly as we'd hoped, it turns out that even smallish plants can grow a fair crop of strawberries. This is the latest harvest! What this has got me wondering now is - how many strawberries could we have got if we'd started tending to... Continue Reading →

The outdoor cucumbers are really going for it!

If you remember, we have a few varieties of cucumbers that we are trying outside. Marketmore, Diva, and Tasty King. The Marketmore are the most advanced, and have now reached the top of their canes and are starting to make their own way up the wire netting. As we said before, we usually take the... Continue Reading →

Thinning out the turnips

As we mentioned in our article the other week, the turnips are growing really well in their container so far. And are starting to produce tiny turnips! Unfortunately, there's not enough space in the container to fit them all in to maturity though. Therefore, we thinned them out at the weekend. This is the end... Continue Reading →

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