Progress with the container courgettes

The first sowing of container courgettes are continuing in the way they started off - the British Summertime is growing quite wildly on the left hand side (probably because it is not designed to be shoved in a container!) and the Midnight which are the three on the left are growing incredibly compactly, as you... 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 →

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 →

A continuous supply of container courgettes

We now have two sowings of container courgettes planted out. The earlier sowing are doing tremendously well now they have got going, producing one courgette per plant every 2 days on average (depending on the weather of course). Here's one of our recent harvests! The plants are doing well in their containers, and we are... Continue Reading →

Container courgette progress

As a reminder, the two varieties we're growing in our main sowing of courgettes for containers are Midnight and Sunstripe. Both are designed to be grown in containers, but one is green and one is yellow! This is what the plants look like now. And weirdly enough, even though the Sunstripe that we originally sowed didn't germinate so we had... Continue Reading →

More container courgettes

We sowed some courgettes earlier on in the year which are currently growing away in the polytunnel in the hope of getting an earlier crop. We even have our first flower! Although as predicted, the first flower to open is a female flower (the flowers that bear the courgettes), but there is no male flower... Continue Reading →

Planting out the early salad crops

The lettuce and beetroot that we have been growing were ready to plant out this week. We are growing these ones in pots so that we can provide them with some protection from the frost by bringing them in to the cold greenhouse overnight. Otherwise, our later sowings of lettuce and beetroot will be planted... Continue Reading →

We’ve managed to stick to one of our New Year’s Resolutions so far…

We grew a few different types of peppers and chillies last year. Some of them we really liked, and others we were pleased we'd tried, but wouldn't be in a massive hurry to try again. But that's just how it goes, we live and learn, and that's all part of the fun! One thing we... Continue Reading →

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