• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • New Shoots Everywhere

    Shoots Everywhere

    The sap is rising and the plants in my garden have sprung into action in no uncertain terms!A couple of weeks ago I pruned my Rose bushes, and they are... Read more

    Posted on 23 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Getting the Best from Your Mini-greenhouse

    Getting Best from Your Mini-greenhouse

    If you are not fortunate enough to have a "proper" (i.e. glass) greenhouse, then the little plastic ones you can get are the next best thing - as long as you... Read more

    Posted on 22 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Starting Some Salads

    Starting Some Salads

    The weather has improved sufficiently to tempt me to sow some more seeds. I sowed a seed-tray with a couple of pinches of seed from two different packs of... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 20th March 2017

    Harvest Monday 20th March 2017

    This week my harvest has been confined again to .... (yes, you guessed it!) Purple Sprouting Broccoli. My "Rudolph" plant has just about finished cropping now... Read more

    Posted on 20 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting-up Chilli Seedlings

    Potting-up Chilli Seedlings

    A few weeks ago when I sowed my chilli seeds, I put 6 seeds in each 5-inch / 15cm pot. Germination has been variable. In most cases it has been good (6 or 5... Read more

    Posted on 18 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Propagating Thyme

    Propagating Thyme

    We use a lot of Thyme in our cooking, so I try to make sure we have plenty of it in the garden. This has proved harder than I expected. I find that it is very... Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Recipe for Purple Sprouting Broccoli

    Recipe Purple Sprouting Broccoli

    At this time of year the Purple Sprouting Broccoli is at its best, and in our household we try to find lots of ways to use it. Here's a dish that I recently... Read more

    Posted on 16 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • For the Record


    This post is really more for my benefit than yours! (I'll explain this in a minute.)As you know, Mark's Veg Plot is devoted primarily to vegetables, and... Read more

    Posted on 15 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting First Early Potatoes

    Planting First Early Potatoes

    Wow, another post about planting! Things are really kicking off in my garden...This time it's potatoes.Chitted tuber of "Accord"At the weekend I planted my Firs... Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 13 March 2017

    Harvest Monday March 2017

    Don't say I didn't warn you... my harvest this week is just a little more Purple Sprouting Broccoli.Yes, just this one piece. It is the main head of my "Rudolph... Read more

    Posted on 13 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Broad Beans

    Planting Broad Beans

    Having got my Onions planted, I have now done the same with my first batch of Broad Beans. Like the Onion sets, they had been raised in little 5-inch pots and... Read more

    Posted on 12 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Onion Sets

    Planting Onion Sets

    Having got my cloches washed and ready to go, I am eager to get the raised beds filled once more. With the protection the cloches will provide I felt that it... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Spring Cleaning

    Spring Cleaning

    My Broad Beans are reaching the stage when I'll want to plant them out in one of the raised beds, but I want to introduce them gently to the Big Wide World, so... Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • I'm Proud of My Chits!

    Proud Chits!

    My seed potatoes have been chitting since the last weekend of January, so nearly six weeks now. I have kept them on the windowsill in an unheated spare... Read more

    Posted on 08 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Germinate Chillis

    Germinate Chillis

    All over my social media orbit right now I'm seeing people writing about chillis. The early starters already have plants several inches high, and are posting... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 6th March 2017

    Harvest Monday March 2017

    Apologies for my prolonged absence! I'm returning to Harvest Monday for the first time in over 3 months because today I actually have a harvest to show off. It'... Read more

    Posted on 06 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • My Garden Right Now

    Garden Right

    I'm writing this post specifically in order to participate in Michelle Chapman's meme called #mygardenrightnow. If you want to know the full story behind this,... Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Wise Words for the Beginner?

    Wise Words Beginner?

    Having been gardening in earnest for about 30 years now, it's always tempting to look at the efforts of new gardeners and say to myself "That's not the way to d... Read more

    Posted on 03 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Celery Leaf

    Celery Leaf

    Last year I (perhaps foolishly) allowed a Celery Leaf plant to flower in my garden. It produced thousands of seeds, many of which have now decided to grow. Read more

    Posted on 01 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • When is "Early" Early?

    When "Early" Early?

    The first of my Purple sprouting Broccoli is just about ready for picking. "Hooray!", I say, it's been a long wait."Rudolph""Rudolph"It seems to me that some... Read more

    Posted on 27 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME