• Mark's Veg Plot

    A blog about gardening, food, cookery, travels and family - specializing in home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs.


  • Spuds and Co.


    Yesterday I harvested my penultimate pot of potatoes, one of the variety "Nicola", a Second Early type. .This plant was definitely ready for harvesting. The... Read more

    Posted on 22 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Empty Beds = Wasted Space?

    Empty Beds Wasted Space?

    I think that most of my regular readers will agree that I manage to get a fair bit of produce from my small garden (it's approx. 10 metres by 10 metres). To do... Read more

    Posted on 21 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Maximise Your Tomato Harvest

    Maximise Your Tomato Harvest

    Normally I grow my big (indeterminate) tomato plants using the so-called "cordon" method, making them grow tall and thin by removing all the sideshoots. Read more

    Posted on 20 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Onions - Results of My First Attempt

    Onions Results First Attempt

    This year I have been growing onions for the first time ever. I have grown Shallots before, and Spring Onions, but never "proper" onions. Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting at Last!

    Harvesting Last!

    Harvesting is the culmination of a veg-gardener's efforts, and for many it's the most enjoyable part of the whole hobby. This week I have finally been able to... Read more

    Posted on 18 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Preparing for Autumn Salads

    Preparing Autumn Salads

    It's no secret that I'm a fan of the often under-appreciated Endives and Radicchios. I love them and grow them every year. I also like to do my bit to try and... Read more

    Posted on 17 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Growing Vegetables in Containers

    Growing Vegetables Containers

    Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of growing veggies in pots and containers. For me they are the logical extension of the raised bed - except more... Read more

    Posted on 16 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Miscellany


    Most days I take a wander round the garden with my camera in hand, to see if there is anything photogenic. It's actually a very good way of checking on the... Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Coming Soon...

    Coming Soon...

    My garden at present is full of potential but to be honest I have not yet harvested a lot. OK, the potatoes have mostly been pretty good (and there are still... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Weather Precautions

    Weather Precautions

    My container-grown tomato plants, particularly the big indeterminate ones, are laden with fruit now and very top-heavy. On Monday evening I was really worried,... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Carrots

    Harvesting Carrots

    Yesterday we had a very stressful day (I won't bore you with the details), and I thought we needed a little culinary treat to restore the balance, so I harveste... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mediterranean Herbs

    Mediterranean Herbs

    Continuing my current enthusiasm for Mediterranean food, I thought it would be appropriate to showcase some of my Mediterranean herbs. Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • An Ottolenghi-style Salad

    Ottolenghi-style Salad

    This past week we have been re-watching Yotam Ottolenghi's TV series called "Ottolenghi's Mediterranean Island Feast", in which he visits four islands in the... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Onions

    Harvesting Onions

    This morning I harvested my first-ever home-grown onions.Since this year is the first time I have grown onions, I can't claim any particular expertise, but I... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Charlotte


    I've been harvesting potatoes again. This time it was two more of my (4) pots of that classic Second Early "Charlotte". Along with many other people - especiall... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Themeless


    This post has no particular theme, hence the choice of title...To be honest, yesterday was a "Lazy Day" - hot and sunny, just made for pottering about and... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Broccoli

    Planting Broccoli

    Yesterday I planted-out my Purple Sprouting Broccoli.This is where I began. I had 14 plants from which to choose 4:How to choose? Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Ratte


    "Ratte" ("Rat") is in this case the name of a variety of potato. I have grown a few this year:This variety is very highly regarded in the chefs' fraternity. Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Promise of Good Things to Come

    Promise Good Things Come

    Now that we are into July, gardens throughout the UK are full of ripening fruit and vegetables. This is the time when all the hard work done in the Spring begin... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomato Update

    Tomato Update

    I don't yet have any ripe tomatoes to show off, but I felt the need to record the state of play - if only for the sake of year-on-year comparison in the future. Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME