• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Succeeding with Beans

    Succeeding with Beans

    My post title is a play on words: I am referring to the "succession sowing" technique.I have been growing my potatoes in big 35-litre black plastic containers,... Read more

    Posted on 25 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Square Foot Gardening - Growing Perfect Vegetables

    Square Foot Gardening Growing Perfect Vegetables

    I have to be honest and say that this book is not what I expected.I am familiar with the Square Foot Gardening (SFG) technique, which has apparently become quit... Read more

    Posted on 24 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chilli Progress Report

    Chilli Progress Report

    Following on from my post yesterday about harvesting my first chillis of the year, here is a more general update on how my chillis are performing. Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pickled Green Chillis

    Pickled Green Chillis

    I'm not normally a fan of pickled veg, but I make a few exceptions. One of these is pickled chillis.Last Summer, Jane made some "Jeruk Cili Hijau" (Pickled Gree... Read more

    Posted on 22 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Comparison of Some Early Potatoes

    Comparison Some Early Potatoes

    As regular readers will know, I like to grow a few of several different potatoes every year. I have a few favourite ones that appear on the list year after year... Read more

    Posted on 21 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Milestones


    Some of my vegetable crops have passed significant milestones in their development this week.For instance, the "Boltardy" Beetroot have discernible swollen root... Read more

    Posted on 20 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Broad Beans

    Harvesting Broad Beans

    Yesterday I picked the majority of the pods from my first row of Broad Beans.These are the "Witkiem Manita" ones, a row of 12 plants. This batch amounted to... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Courgette "Defender"

    Courgette "Defender"

    This year I'm growing courgettes for the first time since our kids left home. One of our girls in particular was very fond of courgettes, and couldn't get enoug... Read more

    Posted on 18 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Burgeoning


    Isn't that a lovely word, "burgeoning"? It is the present participle of the verb "to burgeon", which means to begin to grow or increase rapidly; to flourish. Read more

    Posted on 17 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting-up the PSB


    My Purple Sprouting Broccoli plants, sown on May 20th, had got big enough to transplant, so they have now been moved to individual 6-inch / 15cm pots. Read more

    Posted on 16 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chillis - to Pinch Or Not to Pinch?

    Chillis Pinch Pinch?

    When a chilli plant is young it is normally just a single stem with some leaves coming out of it, like this:However, the fruits of the chilli normally appear... Read more

    Posted on 15 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tavira


    Jane and I have just returned from a week's holiday in Portugal. We stayed in a little town in the Eastern Algarve, called Tavira, a place with a long and varie... Read more

    Posted on 13 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Runner Beans - Tips and a Problem

    Runner Beans Tips Problem

    In the UK the Runner Bean is probably the most popular vegetable of all to grow - certainly the most visible, with its masses of red, white or bi-colour flowers. Read more

    Posted on 10 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Broad Beans - Harvest in Sight...

    Broad Beans Harvest Sight...

    The Broad Beans are podding:I must say, growing Broad Beans can give you a few anxious moments. The plants you have so carefully nurtured produce all those... Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Layering - a Different Way to Propagate Tomatoes.

    Layering Different Propagate Tomatoes.

    We all know the term "Vine-ripened tomatoes", don't we? Despite the fact that most people grow them in an upright stance, most tomato plants are vines and left... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting New Potatoes

    Harvesting Potatoes

    I harvested my first potatoes of the year this morning. This much-anticipated event is one of the highspots of the gardening calendar!This year I have 16 tubs o... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Summer-flowering Perennials

    Summer-flowering Perennials

    I have high hopes of the Summer-flowering perennials that I planted-out in the early Spring. You may remember that I made lots of new plants last Autumn via... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bank Holiday Blues

    Bank Holiday Blues

    Why is it that our Bank Holidays seem to be doomed to experience dismal weather? With monotonous regularity the storm clouds begin to gather on the Friday... Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Late May Update

    Late Update

    Apart from occasional successional sowings of salads, my sowing and planting for this year is mostly done. It's now time to sit back and watch things grow.... Read more

    Posted on 28 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Softening the Edges

    Softening Edges

    This post will probably be of interest to anyone who is growing trailing plants, such as tomatoes, courgettes and squashes, in containers. Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME