• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Venison Ragu with Polenta

    Venison Ragu with Polenta

    The advent of cooler weather in the Autumn always makes me want to eat Game; it just seems appropriate to eat what is in season. Read more

    Posted on 22 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Chillis

    Harvesting Chillis

    Well, it may not yet be really cold, but it's definitely Autumn and my chillis are feeling it. Lots of the plants still have fruit on them, but in varying stage... Read more

    Posted on 21 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • An Autumn Foodie Outing

    Autumn Foodie Outing

    You might remember that back in August Jane and I went for a short break in the Cotswolds, officially to celebrate Jane's birthday. Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Late Salads

    Late Salads

    Summer is over now, and Autumn is here, but there are still some occasions on which salad seems like the most appropriate food. Read more

    Posted on 19 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • "Jobs to Do for Autumn"

    "Jobs Autumn"

    A Grumpy Old Man whinge today:- I get really annoyed by all the blogs that tell me what I should be doing in my garden - the "Ten jobs you should be doing... Read more

    Posted on 18 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 17th October 2016

    Harvest Monday 17th October 2016

    After last week's harvesting of apples, this week was always going to be an anti-climax for me! Back to carrots this time...This batch weighed 1.25kgs. Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • New Gabriel Ash Coldframe

    Gabriel Coldframe

    I'm sure you know that my wife Jane is a comper - and that she wins the occasional prize... Well this time she has won something very special for me - a... Read more

    Posted on 16 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Gardening as Therapy

    Gardening Therapy

    This past week has been Mental Health Week, apparently (along with various other types of week, such as National Curry Week), and I have seen several people... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chillis - Preparing for Winter

    Chillis Preparing Winter

    As I'm sure all my readers know, I am very keen on my chillis. Each year I seem to manage to grow just a few more - encouraged by seed-swaps with lots of my... Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pear Rust Fungus

    Pear Rust Fungus

    Earlier in the year I mentioned that my "Concorde" Pear tree had been infected with Pear Rust fungus, the most obvious symptom of which is bright orange spots... Read more

    Posted on 13 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fungi Walk

    Fungi Walk

    On Sunday I participated in a Fungi Walk, organised by the Countryside Rangers department of our local Council. It took place on Odiham Common, an area of... Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2016 GARDENING
  • Harissa


    Over the past couple of weeks my stash of ripe chillis has grown significantly:We have used quite a few chillis in our cooking just recently, but not enough to... Read more

    Posted on 11 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 10th October 2016

    Harvest Monday 10th October 2016

    This past week saw me harvesting the very last of my Runner Beans. I wrote about them HERE. As I said, some of these final-fling ones were amongst the best bean... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Food Fraud

    Food Fraud

    As an avid reader of social media, I have recently become very aware of the amount of discussion taking place about Food Fraud. What is meant by this is... Read more

    Posted on 09 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Those Seeds ARE Viable

    Those Seeds Viable

    A short while ago I wrote about removing a huge Leaf Celery plant and saving some of the seeds from it. At the time I mentioned that in removing the plant it wa... Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomato and Butternut Soup

    Tomato Butternut Soup

    Despite having to discard a few because of blight infection, most of the tomatoes I brought indoors to ripen have done well, and we have been eating them in... Read more

    Posted on 07 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Taking Down the Runner Beans

    Taking Down Runner Beans

    As I'm sure you know, I hate taking down Runner Bean plants when it is cold and wet! I therefore took advantage of a fine day yesterday to remove my climbing... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Liberating the PSB


    Since it was planted out in a raised bed at the beginning of July, my Purple Sprouting Broccoli has been shrouded in anti-butterfly netting - although I have... Read more

    Posted on 05 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • A New Apple Tree

    Apple Tree

    While I was at Victoriana Nursery Gardens for the chilli festival at the weekend, I took the opportunity to purchase another apple tree. Read more

    Posted on 04 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Where Have My Favourites Gone?

    Until today, one of the gadgets in the sidebar of my blog was one called "Some of my favourite blogs", giving links to some of the blogs I read most often -... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2016 GARDENING, HOME