• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Returning Enthusiasm?

    Returning Enthusiasm?

    Hello, Dear Reader. Long time, no see!Now that the days are lengthening again, I can feel my enthusiasm for gardening slowly returning. Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Blog Holiday

    I have decided to give blogging a rest for a while. I am at a point where I feel that I have very little new to say.I have also recently become very absorbed... Read more

    Posted on 25 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Update on the PSB


    This year's Purple Sprouting Broccoli plants are looking good. There were not so many Cabbage White butterflies around this year, and in any case my PSB was... Read more

    Posted on 20 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Bye Bye Beans!


    Well, I have definitely picked my last Runner Beans of the year!I always like to take my Runner Bean plants down before the onset of really "Autumny" weather.... Read more

    Posted on 17 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Finger Carrots

    Finger Carrots

    These are Finger carrots. Guess where the name comes from?Yep, they're called Finger carrots because they look like fingers. Doh!These ones of mine are of the... Read more

    Posted on 15 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Is Your Blog Being Copied Illegally?

    A few days ago I was contacted by Alexandra Campbell, author of the blog "The middle-sized garden", asking if I was aware that my blog was being "scraped". Read more

    Posted on 14 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Chilli Harvest

    Chilli Harvest

    Late September to early October is when most of my chillis are harvested. Many fruits are of course produced much earlier than this, but I always get a rush of... Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Greasing My Apple Trees!

    Greasing Apple Trees!

    As many of you will know, my apple-growing prowess to-date has been far from remarkable. However the tree I bought last year ("Laxton's Superb") has done well,... Read more

    Posted on 10 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Challock Chilli Fest

    Challock Chilli Fest

    Every year at about this time we go down to Challock (near Ashford) in Kent for the Chilli Fest at Victoriana Nursery Gardens. Read more

    Posted on 08 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Blanched Endives on the Menu!

    Blanched Endives Menu!

    I'm sure that many readers know by now that I am a fan of the much-maligned Endive. This vegetable is very popular in many parts of Europe, but is seldom... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Progress in the Container Garden

    Progress Container Garden

    When my container-grown potatoes had been harvested, I re-used the pots and their soil to grow some second crops. Now these are beginning to mature.Actually, tw... Read more

    Posted on 04 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Small Harvest and an Update

    Small Harvest Update

    Here we are on 1st October, so we're definitely into Autumn. However, there are still some nice things in my garden to be harvested, including these beetroot,... Read more

    Posted on 01 October 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Pears

    Harvesting Pears

    Well, if you thought my harvest of apples (described a couple of days ago) was puny, you ain't seen nothin' yet! Yesterday I picked my entire pear harvest all i... Read more

    Posted on 29 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • How to Identify Fungi

    Identify Fungi

    I'm sure you all know that I am keen on fungi these days - seeking them out to photograph them, and if relevant (safe) to eat them. Read more

    Posted on 27 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting My Apples

    Harvesting Apples

    The internet is awash right now with photos of people harvesting apples, so I'm joining in!My harvest is of course tiny, since I only have two small trees,... Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fleet Chilli Fiesta

    Fleet Chilli Fiesta

    Who else has a Chilli Fiesta within walking distance? Well, my home town Fleet hosted its first-ever Chilli Fiesta yesterday, on the field we call "The Views",... Read more

    Posted on 24 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Still Harvesting Carrots and Beetroot

    Still Harvesting Carrots Beetroot

    One of the benefits of having a veg garden right outside your back door is that you can harvest little and often - taking just what you need on each occasion,... Read more

    Posted on 22 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • More on Pasta and Mushrooms

    More Pasta Mushrooms

    Yesterday Jane and I put to the test the knowledge we had gained on our "Passion for Pasta" course last Saturday.Having duly popped into Waitrose and bought... Read more

    Posted on 20 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Making Mushroom Paté

    Making Mushroom Paté

    Yesterday, Sunday 17th September, Jane and I celebrated out 40th Wedding Anniversary. To recognise this significant milestone, we decided to do something... Read more

    Posted on 18 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME
  • Runner Beans: When Enough Becomes Too Many!

    Runner Beans: When Enough Becomes Many!

    My 12 "Scarlet Emperor" Runner Bean plants have produced a huge crop. We like Runner Beans, that's for sure (they are probably my favourite Summer vegetable),... Read more

    Posted on 16 September 2017 GARDENING, HOME