• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Autumn Salads

    Autumn Salads

    Whilst most people firmly associate salads with Summertime, we like to eat salad all the year round if possible, even in the depths of Winter. Read more

    Posted on 28 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Second Cropping

    Second Cropping

    On Sunday I wrote about "Winding down" in a very end-of-year tone. However, looking around the garden I have realised that the growing season is definitely not... Read more

    Posted on 27 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 26 September 2016

    Harvest Monday September 2016

    The most significant harvest for me this week has been the Spanish Hanging Tomatoes, about which I wrote a few days ago.Tomates de colgar - 1.5kgsI also dug up... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Winding Down

    Winding Down

    There's not much for me to do in the garden at present apart from clearing-up. This picture epitomises the season - the last of the tomatoes, with tatty foliage... Read more

    Posted on 25 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Birch Polypore

    Birch Polypore

    There's not much going on in my garden at present, so today I'm going to show you some photos of an interesting fungus I saw on Velmead Common. It is... Read more

    Posted on 23 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Plans for Perennials

    Plans Perennials

    Over the years, my veg-plot has slowly begun to include more flowers. At present I'm contemplating removing a few of my shrubs and replacing them with... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Contaminated Compost

    Contaminated Compost

    I found a most interesting article on this subject today. In my opinion it is a Must-Read for every amateur gardener, especially those who grow beans, tomatoes... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Wondermesh


    Readers of my blog will know that I am a convert to the technique of using fine-mesh netting to protect carrots from Carrot Root Fly. Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomates De Colgar

    Tomates Colgar

    "Tomates de colgar" means literally "tomatoes for hanging-up" [in Spanish.]. In certain parts of Spain (e.g. Catalonia) and in Mallorca, they grow a type of... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 19th September 2016

    Harvest Monday 19th September 2016

    Last week I said I hoped I would soon be able to report harvesting ripe chillis. This week I can.Actually, those are not the first ones to be harvested. Jane... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Dividing the Rudbeckia

    Dividing Rudbeckia

    A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that my Rudbeckia had been poor this year, producing very few flowers compared with previous years. This is it in late... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Jumble of Umbels

    Jumble Umbels

    Today I have been saving the seeds of a huge Leaf Celery plant (which, as of course you know, is an umbellifer - hence the cryptic title of my post). Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Borlotto Bean "Firetongue"

    Borlotto Bean "Firetongue"

    My liking for Runner Beans is well-known, but each year I grow a few other beans as well, just for variety. One type that I have grown a few times (including... Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Save Tomato Seeds

    Save Tomato Seeds

    Saving seeds is normally just a case of drying them when they are ripe, but some seeds benefit from a bit of extra care - like tomatoes. Read more

    Posted on 14 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • An Interview with Green Gardens

    Interview with Green Gardens

    It's always nice to think that people value your advice or opinions, so I am pleased to report that I was recently interviewed by Green Gardens for an article o... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Last of the Summer Vines

    Last Summer Vines

    The title of the post will possibly remind some readers of the TV series "Last of the Summer Wine", set in the Yorkshire Dales, in which the antics of 3 old... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 12 September 2016

    Harvest Monday September 2016

    Things have been a bit quiet in my garden recently, with little harvesting going on. We have been away for a couple of days again, so I didn't want to be left... Read more

    Posted on 12 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • More Pics of the Oregano

    More Pics Oregano

    For those of you helping me to identify what is attacking my Oregano and other herbs, here are some more photos. and thanks for your help, by the way!The upper... Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • September Chilli Update

    September Chilli Update

    If you're not interested in chillis, I suggest you read no further, because this post is entirely about chillis... :)All of a sudden, there is a lot of... Read more

    Posted on 08 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • End-of-season-itis


    I think it's fair to say that the best fruit and veg are not normally the ones produced right at the end of a plant's growing season. Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2016 GARDENING, HOME