• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Successes and Failures

    Successes Failures

    When I first started my blog I set out with the intention of showing my gardening exploits GOOD or BAD, and not shying away from admitting any failures. Read more

    Posted on 04 August 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • More Little Harvests

    More Little Harvests

    My garden is "trundling along" as is normal for this time of year. There are few major tasks to be done, so my job is just to keep things tidy and continue to... Read more

    Posted on 25 July 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Small but Special

    Small Special

    Many amateur gardeners will agree with me when I say that growing huge quantities of veg is not necessarily the object of the exercise with Grow Your Own. Read more

    Posted on 19 July 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Still Battling the Blackfly

    Still Battling Blackfly

    Not content with decimating my Broad Bean harvest, the Blackfly have moved on to my climbing beans - Runners, French and Borlotti - which are now infested with... Read more

    Posted on 15 July 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tomato Update

    Tomato Update

    It's nearly mid-July and my tomatoes are beginning to ripen. This is a long-awaited joyous moment for me!"Sungold"This year, as always, I am growing a wide... Read more

    Posted on 09 July 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting


    I haven't posted here for a few days, but that's because I haven't been doing much gardening, mostly just watering and tying-in. Read more

    Posted on 05 July 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Keeping It Going

    Keeping Going

    When you don't have a lot of space you need to use it efficiently. My garden is small, so I make sure that it is as productive as possible, and this means... Read more

    Posted on 29 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • I Got Some Broad Beans After All!

    Some Broad Beans After All!

    Despite the devastation wrought upon my Broad Beans by the Blackfly, I still managed to salvage a few beans!The ones from the Blackfly-damaged bed are the... Read more

    Posted on 26 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Disaster with the Broad Beans

    Disaster with Broad Beans

    I thought I was going to have a bigger than normal crop of Broad Beans this year, since I sowed extra seeds because of early fears of a Coronavirus-induced... Read more

    Posted on 23 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Protecting My Little Carrots!

    Protecting Little Carrots!

    I recently posted about sowing some finger carrots in a couple of tall pots... Once the seeds germinated I realised that I ought to do something about protectin... Read more

    Posted on 21 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Kohlrabi

    Harvesting Kohlrabi

    Well, this week the first of my Kohlrabi reached a good enough size for picking, so it was duly picked.Kohlrabi "Kolibri F1"I only have six of these plants, so... Read more

    Posted on 19 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Small but Satisfying Harvests

    Small Satisfying Harvests

    As promised a couple of days ago, I can today show off some small but nonetheless pleasing harvests.Top of the bill are the first of my Broad Beans.This little... Read more

    Posted on 17 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • The End of the Hungry Gap


    Well, finally my garden is moving into the Harvesting phase, and most of the sowing and planting is over. This is the point at which all the hard work begins... Read more

    Posted on 14 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • The First of the New Potatoes

    First Potatoes

    There's something magical, something deeply satisfying, about digging up homegrown potatoes!Because of this special appeal, despite having limited space, I... Read more

    Posted on 11 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Finger Carrots

    Finger Carrots

    In addition to devoting most of one of my raised beds to growing "big" carrots, I'm also having a go with a few of the little carrots which people call "Finger... Read more

    Posted on 09 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Lettuce


    is traditionally the mainstay of many salads, and we use a lot of it in our household. I do my best to make sure that we have lettuce available throughout the... Read more

    Posted on 07 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Early Brassicas

    Early Brassicas

    I suspect that most people (like me) associate brassicas with the Winter season. Cabbages, Kale, Brussels Sprouts, they all seem like things to be eaten when th... Read more

    Posted on 05 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Weedkiller Problems

    Weedkiller Problems

    Prompted by an enquiry from a reader (Hello Debbie!) I thought it was about time I wrote another post about weedkiller, in order to keep this issue "in the... Read more

    Posted on 03 June 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Broad Beans Keep Me Waiting

    Broad Beans Keep Waiting

    My Broad Beans have finally deigned to set some pods.Now that I can see these tiny pods, I really really want them to hurry up and mature! Read more

    Posted on 30 May 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Cucumbers

    Planting Cucumbers

    In the absence of a greenhouse or polytunnel, all my cucumbers are grown outdoors - and quite successfully too, I must add. Of course this means I have to... Read more

    Posted on 27 May 2020 GARDENING, HOME