• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Survivors


    Although the Chilli is a plant of tropical origin and will seldom survive a UK Winter outdoors, it is quite possible to over-Winter it if kept in a suitably... Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Compost Distribution - Another Annual Event

    Compost Distribution Another Annual Event

    More has been written about compost than any other aspect of gardening! (This is possibly an ALTERNATIVE FACT), so today I'm not going to write about making... Read more

    Posted on 20 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Blueberries


    I don't claim to be an expert on Blueberries, but I just want to write a few words about what I have learned about them...The first thing is: Blueberries love... Read more

    Posted on 18 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Blank Canvas

    Blank Canvas

    I haven't seen my veg plot as empty as this for many years!Four of my five raised beds (one not seen in photo above) are bare at present. Read more

    Posted on 16 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Project Complete!

    Project Complete!

    Well, the project to remove the two old raised beds has been finished. The space where they stood is now a flat open space covered with 25mm shingle:-So now I... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • This Week I Have Mostly Been Shovelling s...

    This Week Have Mostly Been Shovelling s...

    "Soil", that is... The two old raised beds have now gone, along with the line of paving-stones that used to run between them.Most of the soil has gone into the... Read more

    Posted on 10 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Leeks - a Meagre Harvest

    Leeks Meagre Harvest

    OK, I'll admit it. My crop of Leeks this year was not a success! Foolishly, I tried to cram too many vegetables into a small space and planted my Leeks in beds... Read more

    Posted on 08 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Plans for the Raised Beds - Or Not

    Plans Raised Beds

    As I mentioned a short while ago, I have decided not to build more of the big raised beds, but to create an open space to hold big pots and containers. Read more

    Posted on 06 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Onion Sets

    Planting Onion Sets

    Today I have planted some onion sets. It's probably a bit early, but with the aid of my recently-acquired massive coldframe, I think it is OK to start. Read more

    Posted on 04 February 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Stocking up with Seeds

    Stocking with Seeds

    The other day I wrote that I had been looking at good-value seeds, and intending to avoid buying the highly-priced seeds that many of the Big Names offer. Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • La Cloche Baking Dome

    Cloche Baking Dome

    Over the years Jane and I have tried many kitchen gadgets (many of them ones that she has won in competitions), and to be honest a lot of them have been rubbish... Read more

    Posted on 23 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Plans for 2017

    Plans 2017

    Hello again, I've re-surfaced! To be honest with you, for a few weeks I completely lost interest in blogging and (even worse), gardening. Maybe I had a severe... Read more

    Posted on 19 January 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lost - One Mojo...

    Lost Mojo...

    I've lost my blogging Mojo, as they say. With the garden being predominantly dormant at present, I'm finding it hard to find anything new to write about, so... Read more

    Posted on 17 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 12 Dec 2016

    Harvest Monday 2016

    There's not a huge amount coming out of my garden at present, though even the little harvests are welcome. This week Jane has been making and freezing some of... Read more

    Posted on 12 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 05 December 2016

    Harvest Monday December 2016

    My only harvest this week has been these chillis:On Monday evening I picked all the remaining fruits from the plants which are still outdoors, albeit inside my... Read more

    Posted on 05 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Hazel Beanpoles

    Hazel Beanpoles

    I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had been promised some Hazel beanpoles. They arrived yesterday. I have long been hankering after poles like these. There is... Read more

    Posted on 02 December 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • It's COLD!

    It's COLD!

    This week has brought us some bright but extremely cold weather. Night-time temperatures have been about -4 or -5, and day-time ones still in single figures. Read more

    Posted on 30 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvest Monday - 28th November 2016

    Harvest Monday 28th November 2016

    I expect some of you read my post about the parsnips with canker. Fortunately not all of them were afflicted and I was able to harvest a decent bunch. Read more

    Posted on 28 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • Parsnips - Some Very Mixed Results

    Parsnips Some Very Mixed Results

    Yesterday I went to dig up some more Parsnips, and what I found was not what I expected. Loosening the soil around one of the roots, I gave a tug and this is... Read more

    Posted on 25 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME
  • End-of-season Chillis

    End-of-season Chillis

    With the Autumn having been unusually mild, many of my chilli plants have survived longer than normal this year. Some of the luckier ones were brought inside... Read more

    Posted on 24 November 2016 GARDENING, HOME