• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Beans, Bugs and Brassicas

    Beans, Bugs Brassicas

    July is bean month, for sure! For the last couple of weeks my Climbing French Bean "Cobra" has been pumping out pods at a rate of 200g every other day. Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • First Harvest of Carrots

    First Harvest Carrots

    This week I picked a few of my carrots, just to see how big they were. I didn't really expect them to be mature yet, but it's hard to tell for sure until you... Read more

    Posted on 14 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potato "Charlotte"

    Potato "Charlotte"

    This week I harvested my Second Early "Charlotte" potatoes. In common with the other varieties I have grown in my garden this year I planted one container with ... Read more

    Posted on 13 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • More Harvests from the Courtmoor Plot

    More Harvests from Courtmoor Plot

    Despite the continuing hot dry weather the plot has been giving me some more harvests. Amongst the most attractive was this bunch of "Long Red Florence"... Read more

    Posted on 12 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Potatoes and Protecting Blackberries

    Harvesting Potatoes Protecting Blackberries

    A few days ago I lifted some more potatoes up at my Courtmoor plot. This time they were the "Sarpo Una" ones. This is a Second Early variety marketed mainly as ... Read more

    Posted on 11 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Shallots

    Harvesting Shallots

    Last Autumn when I took over my new plot I was able to rescue some shallot bulbs. They didn't look like prize specimens because they had been lying on wet soil... Read more

    Posted on 10 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomato-growing Techniques

    Tomato-growing Techniques

    I'm very fond of tomatoes, both eating them and growing them, and every year I grow a number of different varieties. The ones I grow vary from year to year... Read more

    Posted on 08 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Winter Squash Progress Report

    Winter Squash Progress Report

    Things seem to be going well so far with my six squash plants.They are growing at a rate of knots now, and have more or less covered the whole area I set aside... Read more

    Posted on 07 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Plot Pictures

    Plot Pictures

    This post doesn't have any particular theme, but I know that many of my readers are interested to hear how things are going on my new plot, and I think these... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • First Early Potato "Foremost"

    First Early Potato "Foremost"

    Last Autumn, when I took over the garden at Courtmoor Avenue and started digging I saved a few very small potato tubers that I found. Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Roasted Veg


    The title of this post refers not to veg being cooked in the kitchen, but in the garden!Our weather continues to be hot and dry, and frequently windy -... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Courtmoor Plot - End of June

    Courtmoor Plot June

    Despite the prolonged hot dry spell, the plot is still largely green and full of nice stuff!As in most gardens and allotments in the UK at present, my beans... Read more

    Posted on 03 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • First Harvest of NZ Spinach

    First Harvest Spinach

    One of the new (to me) crops I'm growing this year is New Zealand Spinach (Tetragonia tetragonioides). After raising it from seed, I planted 18 seedlings up at... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • PSB Planted


    My love of Purple Sprouting Broccoli is well-known, so it won't surprise you to learn that I have planted some for next year's crop. This year (2017 - 2018) I... Read more

    Posted on 30 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Garden Year in Words and Pictures

    Garden Year Words Pictures

    Sitting contemplating my garden recently (as you do), it struck me how different it looks in each month of the year, and I thought it might be amusing to try... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • First Early Potato "Juliette"

    First Early Potato "Juliette"

    This is phase 2 of my comparative trials with container-grown potatoes. You may recall that I planted two pots of each type - one with a single seed-tuber in it... Read more

    Posted on 26 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Following on


    I have started lifting my container-grown potatoes, which means that the containers are being released and can be re-used for another crop.This is the latest... Read more

    Posted on 24 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Some Moments of Calm

    Some Moments Calm

    I know this will sound like Tempting Fate, but I think the Spring / Early summer sowing and planting frenzy is over now - at least in my garden and plot. Read more

    Posted on 22 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Broad Beans

    Harvesting Broad Beans

    One of the chief advantages of growing vegetables in your back garden, as opposed to on an allotment or plot some distance away, is that you can pick what you... Read more

    Posted on 20 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Cutting Some Losses

    Cutting Some Losses

    I've mentioned before that some of my potato plants at the Courtmoor plot have been afflicted with Blackleg disease. It was obvious to me that they were not... Read more

    Posted on 18 June 2018 GARDENING, HOME