• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • A Blog Holiday

    Blog Holiday

    I'm going to be taking a break from blogging for a while. At present I'm finding it hard to come up with anything new to write about - it seems to be tomatoes... Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Plot Keeps on Giving

    Plot Keeps Giving

    The balance of labour versus results has definitely been in my favour recently, at the Courtmoor plot. In the early part of the year I did a lot of work there,... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • End of the Line for the Cherry Tomatoes

    Line Cherry Tomatoes

    This year has been a very good one for tomatoes. The hot weather, combined with the absence of blight, has helped me to achieve a bumper harvest - probably my... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Winding Down

    Winding Down

    It feels very much like the end of Summer now. We still have daytime temperatures in the low to mid twenties (Celsius!), but the nights have been a lot cooler,... Read more

    Posted on 10 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Late Summer Bounty

    Late Summer Bounty

    I've recently written a lot about harvests from my Courtmoor Avenue plot, but my main focus is always on my own home garden. Since it is literally on my doorste... Read more

    Posted on 08 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • My First Crown Prince Squash

    First Crown Prince Squash

    Yesterday I harvested the first of my Crown Prince squashes. Although it was not big by normal standards for this variety (2.67kg), it was a significant... Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • It's High Season for Tomatoes and Chillis

    It's High Season Tomatoes Chillis

    The hot weather this Summer has been really good for the tomatoes and chillis. I've had a very fine crop of both, and they are still going strong. Read more

    Posted on 04 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Reaping the Rewards

    Reaping Rewards

    After all the hard work I have put in to the Courtmoor plot (particularly the initial digging and then the prolonged watering!), it is nice to be able to relax... Read more

    Posted on 02 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Squash and Tomato Soup

    Squash Tomato Soup

    Many years ago, on a holiday in Kenya, we had a soup that was so delicious it has stuck in my memory ever since. It's a really simple soup: tomatoes, squash or... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pricking-out Endive Seedlings

    Pricking-out Endive Seedlings

    Just over three weeks ago I sowed a tray of Endive seedlings. I'm hoping that after a very poor Summer for salad vegetables (due to the heat and lack of... Read more

    Posted on 31 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Carrot for Every Reason...

    Carrot Every Reason...

    They say that the onion is the heart of every good meal, and we use loads of them in our cooking, but next after onions I think carrots are the most versatile... Read more

    Posted on 29 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • End-of-season Cucumbers

    End-of-season Cucumbers

    The cucumber is one of those vegetables that is always welcome in our house, and we eat them all the year round. During the Summer I do my best to keep us well... Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Squashes and Huauzontle

    Harvesting Squashes Huauzontle

    I have been to the Courtmoor plot less frequently since the weather turned cooler. In the very hot dry spell I had to go at least every other day, in order to... Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Some Colour in the Garden

    Some Colour Garden

    When people use that phrase - "some colour in the garden", they are usually referring to flowers. Not me though. As ever, my attention is fixed on the... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Biochar


    is a is a potent soil improver made with eco-friendly charcoal. It is designed to improve soil fertility and water retention – and so boost plant health and cro... Read more

    Posted on 21 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Not All Tomatoes Are Red


    As is my wont, this year I have been growing loads of different varieties of tomato - some big, some small, some cordons, some bushes, some red ones - and some... Read more

    Posted on 19 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Shelling Beans Are Shelled.

    Shelling Beans Shelled.

    Over the last week or so, my beans have been completing their drying - outside in the sunshine whenever possible.I'll remind you what types they were. The... Read more

    Posted on 17 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Couple of Firsts

    Couple Firsts

    Having been away for a couple of days I went up to my Courtmoor plot today to see how things were doing - but thankfully not to water it, since there was a... Read more

    Posted on 15 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • On the Downward Trend

    Downward Trend

    My plot at Courtmoor Avenue is not looking as fully populated as it was a few weeks ago.There is quite a bit of bare soil, now that the onions, shallots and... Read more

    Posted on 13 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce

    Sweet Chilli Sauce

    A couple of days ago I picked this year's first batch of ripe chillis.The large red ones are a type of "Cayenne", the small red ones are "Aji Benito" and the... Read more

    Posted on 11 August 2018 GARDENING, HOME