• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Tomatoes and Chillis

    Tomatoes Chillis

    I have been taking advantage of the sunshine, and putting my tomato and chilli seedlings outside in the fresh air whenever possible. Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Late April Pics

    Late April Pics

    Late April is a time of feverish activity in many gardens - humans are busy sowing seeds and planting seedlings, but the perennial plants, trees, shrubs etc... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bye Bye Bay-trees


    I have decided to get rid of my two standard-trained potted Bay trees.Much as I love them, I feel that they have got too big for my little garden. More to the... Read more

    Posted on 21 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Frost Protection

    Frost Protection

    After some "unseasonably warm" weather in early April, this week we are experiencing much colder conditions, particularly at night time. Read more

    Posted on 20 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The St.George's Mushroom

    St.George's Mushroom

    As many readers know, I am always on the lookout for free food when I'm out walking, and have recently become very interested in fungi - especially the edible... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potato Progress Etc

    Potato Progress

    The container-grown potatoes I planted last month are coming on very quickly now.The little plastic greenhouses are certainly worth having. They create a warm... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Drought in April??

    Drought April??

    The past few weeks have been very dry here, with lots of sunshine too, and some of my plants are beginning to suffer. My Tulips are all in pots, and they have... Read more

    Posted on 16 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sowing, Planting, Thinning...

    Sowing, Planting, Thinning...

    April is the busiest month of the year in many UK gardens - mine included. This year we have had a spell of unusually dry weather spanning late March and early... Read more

    Posted on 15 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Lettuce

    Planting Lettuce

    Every gardener grows Lettuce, don't they? As somebody famous once said, Lettuce is the heart of any good salad. It's certainly the first thing that comes to min... Read more

    Posted on 14 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Book Review - The Salad Garden, by Joy Larkcom

    Book Review Salad Garden, Larkcom

    I have long been a fan of Joy Larkcom, who I consider to have been one of the most influential gardeners and garden writers of recent times. Read more

    Posted on 13 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Watercress


    A few days ago we bought a punnet of growing Watercress from a local supermarket. It was very reasonably priced (£1), and provided us with a decent amount of... Read more

    Posted on 11 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Successional Sowing

    Successional Sowing

    Even with a small garden like mine, unless you plan what you are going to grow, and sow accordingly, it is likely that you will end up with shortages or gluts. Read more

    Posted on 10 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pricking-out Tomato Seedlings

    Pricking-out Tomato Seedlings

    My Tomato seedlings were getting a bit overcrowded in their little pots, so I have been busy "pricking them out" - in other words separating them into individua... Read more

    Posted on 08 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lemongrass


    Some readers might remember that last year I grew some Lemongrass plants from seed. They grew quite well, but didn't reach a harvestable size before Autumn, so ... Read more

    Posted on 07 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Onions

    Planting Onions

    As I said the other day that I was going to do, I have now planted out my clumps of "Long Red Florence" onions.Onion "Long Red Florence"Each clump contains abou... Read more

    Posted on 06 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Pig

    We recently had the pleasure of dining and spending a night at The Pig at Brockenhurst, in the New Forest.As you may gather from the words on that sign, this... Read more

    Posted on 05 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • In the Mini Greenhouses

    Mini Greenhouses

    Today I just want to show off what I have growing in my three mini-greenhouses. At this time of year I couldn't manage without them! Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • West Green House

    West Green House

    Regular readers may remember that I quite often visit West Green House in nearby Hartley Wintney. It's one of those properties so full of interest that even... Read more

    Posted on 31 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Supporting Broad Beans

    Supporting Broad Beans

    My first row of (12) Broad Bean plants has grown to about 30cm / 1ft tall now, and they looked in need of some support. One of the disadvantages of having my ve... Read more

    Posted on 30 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • End of March Update

    March Update

    We have had a few days of fine, mostly sunny, weather with daytime temperatures in the mid-teens, and the plants in my garden have responded enthusiastically. S... Read more

    Posted on 28 March 2017 GARDENING, HOME