• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • More on Pasta and Mushrooms

    More Pasta Mushrooms

    Yesterday Jane and I put to the test the knowledge we had gained on our "Passion for Pasta" course last Saturday.Having duly popped into Waitrose and bought... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Making Mushroom Paté

    Making Mushroom Paté

    Yesterday, Sunday 17th September, Jane and I celebrated out 40th Wedding Anniversary. To recognise this significant milestone, we decided to do something... Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Runner Beans: When Enough Becomes Too Many!

    Runner Beans: When Enough Becomes Many!

    My 12 "Scarlet Emperor" Runner Bean plants have produced a huge crop. We like Runner Beans, that's for sure (they are probably my favourite Summer vegetable),... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Playing the Diva

    Playing Diva

    One of the varieties of cucumber which I have grown this year and last is called "Diva" (aka "La Diva"). I have had a few problems with it... Read more

    Posted on 14 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Furtling


    Today I had a furtle in the Roots bed. Sounds very dodgy, doesn't it? The word "furtle" (which can be a verb or a noun) can be defined as "A cursory... Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Endings


    It's always a little sad when the garden begins to look "over". Although I do have some vegetables for the Autumn and Winter, and even some PSB growing away... Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rainbow Veg


    They say that for a healthy diet you should try to eat foods of many different colours, because they each have different nutrients. Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Nearly a Glut

    Nearly Glut

    As regular readers will know, this year I have been concentrating on Quality rather than Quantity in relation to my veg-growing. Only, the tomatoes don't seem t... Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Images of September

    Images September

    With the glorious Bank Holiday behind us now, we move into September and start thinking about Autumn. I'm still hoping for more good weather though. Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • August Bank Holiday

    August Bank Holiday

    Well, something really unusual has happened - we had beautiful weather for a Bank Holiday weekend! Whenever there's a 3-day weekend, it's normally cold wet and... Read more

    Posted on 29 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • More Harvesting, More Preserving

    More Harvesting, Preserving

    I think I have mentioned before that the only vegetables we consider freezing are Runner Beans, Tomatoes (in sauce form) and chillis. Read more

    Posted on 26 August 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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