• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Lavender - Making a Fresh Start

    Lavender Making Fresh Start

    I have recently read several articles about how to prune Lavender, the gist of which is to prune it very hard - right down into the brown wood. Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Feast, Not Famine

    Feast, Famine

    At present I don't have much gardening stuff to write about except for harvesting.But as you can see, I have been harvesting lots of different vegetables:The... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • That's More Like It!

    That's More Like

    As predicted a couple of days ago, my Runner Beans ("Scarlet Emperor") have responded to the wetter conditions and begun to produce pods in greater quantity. Read more

    Posted on 19 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Tomato-processing Factory

    Tomato-processing Factory

    The tomato harvest is in full swing now!Every day I pick more of them. Today it was this basket of cherry tomatoes - mostly "Losetto", with a few "Sweet... Read more

    Posted on 18 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Not Good Drying Weather!

    Good Drying Weather!

    When I harvested my onions the other day I had every intention of drying them in the sun. The sun however had other ideas! For the first few days I dutifully... Read more

    Posted on 17 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Runner Beans

    Runner Beans

    are one of the most popular vegetables for amateur gardeners in the UK to grow. I think they are a relatively easy crop to grow too. Read more

    Posted on 16 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Homecoming Harvests

    Homecoming Harvests

    You probably guessed from the absence of posts here on my blog that I have been on holiday for a while - and thus distanced from my Veg Plot. Read more

    Posted on 15 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Further Fungi Foraging

    Further Fungi Foraging

    A recent walk around our nearby Velmead Common confirmed that there are loads of interesting fungi to be seen at present. I think the recent heavy rain has... Read more

    Posted on 07 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Tomatoes

    Harvesting Tomatoes

    The tomato harvest has begun in earnest!"Maskotka"I now have 5kgs of those "Maskotka" ones in the fridge now. They are ripening quicker than we can eat them.... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Leeks


    Until recently the Allium family hadn't been well represented in my veg-plot. I grew some garlic once and it was pathetic; I have produced some reasonably... Read more

    Posted on 05 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Picking Blueberries

    Picking Blueberries

    Yesterday (in between the showers, and whilst being battered by strong winds) I picked the best part of a kilogram of Blueberries.This is a real labour of... Read more

    Posted on 04 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Another Gardening Washout

    Another Gardening Washout

    Yesterday I wrote about the benefits of rain for my veggies, but today I'm fed up with rain! It rained almost all day yesterday, and I couldn't have done any... Read more

    Posted on 03 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Benefitting from the Rain

    Benefitting from Rain

    July was a poor month for gardeners in my part of the world - cool, dull, windy and until the end of the month, mostly dry. Over the last week or so we have... Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Onion "Long Red Florence"

    Onion "Long Florence"

    Today I harvested my "Long Red Florence" onions. Here is their story...They were sown in John Innes No.1 compost in little 3-inch pots, about 5 or 6 seeds to a... Read more

    Posted on 31 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Emergency Work on the PSB

    Emergency Work

    Torrential rain during the night has battered-down some of my plants, including a couple of the precious Purple Sprouting Broccoli.An emergency staking job was... Read more

    Posted on 30 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Picking and Preserving

    Picking Preserving

    Almost every day now I'm picking something nice to eat from my veg-patch. Today I have harvested the last of my potatoes - a pot of "Nicola" 2nd Earlies:These... Read more

    Posted on 29 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Reaping the Rewards

    Reaping Rewards

    For the veg-gardener, July and August are all about harvesting. It's not that you don't / can't harvest vegetables at other times, it's just that the balance... Read more

    Posted on 28 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Technique for Growing Trailing Tomatoes

    Technique Growing Trailing Tomatoes

    One of my favourite tomato varieties is "Maskotka", which I have grown for many years now. It produces red fruits that are rather larger then the usual cherry... Read more

    Posted on 27 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Home-grown "Crudités"

    Home-grown "Crudités"

    For those of you who don't speak French, the word "crudité "means literally "rawness" or "harshness", but it is used in the culinary sense to mean raw vegetable... Read more

    Posted on 26 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomato Update

    Tomato Update

    After yesterday's post about the chilli situation, it seems appropriate today to do the same for the tomatoes. This year most of my tomatoes have set a lot of... Read more

    Posted on 24 July 2017 GARDENING, HOME