• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • First Chilli Sets Fruit

    First Chilli Sets Fruit

    My chillis are definitely relieved that the weather has warmed-up. They don't have to spend their days cooped-up in the plastic greenhouses (although they are... Read more

    Posted on 24 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Cucumbers and Courgettes

    Planting Cucumbers Courgettes

    At the weekend I decided to plant out my cucurbits. Don't get too excited - it was only two cucumber plants and one courgette! Read more

    Posted on 23 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting-up Pelargonium Cuttings

    Potting-up Pelargonium Cuttings

    A couple of months ago I took some cuttings from an over-wintered Pelargonium plant, a "bog-standard" red one that I originally bought on a market somewhere.... Read more

    Posted on 22 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Happy Beans

    Happy Beans

    My Runner Beans are in (planted).As previously advertised, I'm growing 12 "Scarlet Emperor" plants, one per pole. "Scarlet Emperor" is an old-fashioned... Read more

    Posted on 21 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Non-veg Post

    Non-veg Post

    As you know, Mark's Veg Plot is mostly about veg, but from time to time I write about other stuff. Today I want to show off a rather lovely Heuchera. This one i... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Start of the Salad Season

    Start Salad Season

    With increasing temperatures and (at last) some welcome rain, the vegetables in my garden have started to grow in earnest, rather than just struggling to... Read more

    Posted on 19 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Culinary Herbs

    Culinary Herbs

    are easy to grow, don't require much space and are expensive to buy as ingredients, so it makes a lot of sense to grow your own if you like using them in your... Read more

    Posted on 18 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomatoes - Squeezing in a Few More!

    Tomatoes Squeezing More!

    You know what I'm like with tomatoes (and chillis) - I find it hard to part with any of them, even when I have "too many"... Well, I have given away a load of m... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bean-poles Are up


    Another significant milestone has been reached in my gardening year: the bean-poles have been erected. In my normal rotation plan, Purple Sprouting Broccoli is... Read more

    Posted on 16 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Promotion


    My chilli plants have been "promoted". By this I mean moved to bigger pots.Until yesterday they had been in 5-inch / 12.5cm pots like this:Now they have gone... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beans in the Offing

    Beans Offing

    Now that my tomatoes are safely potted-up, my thoughts have turned to beans. The Broad Beans are looking very promising. They are covered in flowers. Read more

    Posted on 14 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting-up Tomatoes

    Potting-up Tomatoes

    I think (I hope) the risk of frost has passed now, so I have potted up my tomato plants. Tomato plants are very "tender" and are easily damaged by frost. Read more

    Posted on 13 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Cheesy Tale

    Cheesy Tale

    As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Jane and I recently went over to France to spend some time with one of our daughters and her family. Read more

    Posted on 12 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Getting Away from the Grey

    Getting Away from Grey

    The weather here during the latter part of April was grim. Cold and grey every day with strong breezes and no compensating rain to help the gardens. Read more

    Posted on 10 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Salads and Herbs

    Salads Herbs

    Late Spring and Early Summer are the best times for salads and herbs, when everything is fresh and new, rather than later on in the year when plants have... Read more

    Posted on 08 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • It's a Waiting Game

    It's Waiting Game

    Mindful of the potential gardening difficulties of a string of trips away from home (visiting relatives, holiday...), I have been more careful than ever to... Read more

    Posted on 06 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Signs of Summer?

    Signs Summer?

    OK, it's May now, so can the weather please warm up? I'm tired of the cold grey days. It wouldn't be so bad if those grey days had brought a bit of rain, but... Read more

    Posted on 04 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Thinning Carrots and Parsnips

    Thinning Carrots Parsnips

    Carrot seeds are tiny, and it is very difficult to sow them at the correct density, so most people (me included) sow them fairly thickly and then thin them out... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • My Potatoes Dodged the Frost

    Potatoes Dodged Frost

    Being away from home when you have young plants is always a worrying time! This past week, while we were away, the night-time temperatures in Fleet were very lo... Read more

    Posted on 30 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Rufford Old Hall

    Rufford Hall

    If you hadn't already guessed it because of my recent low profile on Blogger, I have been away for a few days. Jane and I have been spending time with her... Read more

    Posted on 28 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME