Colourful capsicums

Since the last update, the peppers have just kept coming. It's helped by the warm sunny weather, meaning the peppers are ripening fast. Within a week, the D'Asti Giallo pepper has completely ripened. I'm extremely proud of my first ever homegrown bell pepper! In connected news, the next one is ripening. So fingers crossed this... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

We tried our hand at a bit of exhibiting…

The Essex District Association of the National Vegetable Society hosts a Mini Show each year in early July. This year, our sights were set on the collection of four kinds of vegetable, one of each kind. We had the following: cherry tomato, kohl rabi, courgette and potato. And this is our final exhibit! We were... Continue Reading →

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