• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Shutting up Shop for Winter

    Shutting Shop Winter

    I haven't posted anything here for ages, so you probably guessed this: I'm shutting up my blog for the Winter.My garden looks bedraggled and messy at present,... Read more

    Posted on 12 October 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Radicchio


    About this time every year I do my best to sing the praises of a vegetable that is unfortunately very under-appreciated in the UK, even though it is much more... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Maincrop Carrots

    Maincrop Carrots

    I've had a good year for carrots. I have grown three types - a rainbow mix called "Harlequin", some "Chantenay Red-Cored" (which turned out not to have red... Read more

    Posted on 30 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Fading


    My garden is looking very much "End of Year" now. This old Sunflower head sums it up. Everything has a faded and droopy look.It's a similar story here. Read more

    Posted on 26 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chillis - a Contrast in Styles

    Chillis Contrast Styles

    Regular readers will be well aware that I'm a keen grower of chillis. However, they may not know that we (my wife Jane and me) do not actually eat huge... Read more

    Posted on 23 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Camera Problems Etc

    Camera Problems

    I've had a bit of an issue on the photography front... my trusty Olympus E-450 (9 years old now) has developed a fault. It won't focus! Read more

    Posted on 21 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting "Crown Prince" Squashes

    Harvesting "Crown Prince" Squashes

    Today I deemed it the right moment to harvest my crop of "Crown Prince" squashes. Their parent plants were dying down and there was no chance of the fruits... Read more

    Posted on 19 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Does Pinching-out Chilli Plants Really Help?

    Does Pinching-out Chilli Plants Really Help?

    Some people pinch out (remove) the growing tips of chilli plants, which allegedly makes them bushier and perhaps more vigorous. I don't normally use this... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Apples

    Harvesting Apples

    How do you tell when apples are nearly ripe? Answer - "When the birds start pecking them"!I've lost a couple of my apples in this way this week, and I only... Read more

    Posted on 15 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Brassica Maintenance

    Brassica Maintenance

    In one of my raised beds I have 6 brassica plants - 4 Brussels Sprouts and 2 Purple Sprouting Broccoli. They have grown into very big specimens and are strainin... Read more

    Posted on 13 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Autumn Colours

    Autumn Colours

    Although it definitely feels like Autumn now, the weather has really suited many of the crops in my garden. It's still quite warm during the day, with a fair... Read more

    Posted on 11 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Smoked Tomatoes

    Smoked Tomatoes

    The other day we had some so-called "Smokey Tomatoes" made by the company Belazu. They were very nice, but a 330g jar of them normally costs about £4. Read more

    Posted on 09 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Borlotto "Lingua Di Fuoco"

    Borlotto "Lingua Fuoco"

    I like beans - you probably noticed! In one of my raised beds I planted this year two varieties of Runner Bean and two varieties of climbing French beans. Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • I Can't Stop Harvesting!

    Can't Stop Harvesting!

    This is one of those times when I'm quite glad not to be away on holiday. My garden is groaning with ripe fruit and veg which needs to be picked! Read more

    Posted on 05 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Autumn - a Change of Gear

    Autumn Change Gear

    Last week it seemed like Summer still, but this week it's definitely Autumn! The temperature has dropped - especially at night - and the air just feels... Read more

    Posted on 03 September 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potato "Highland Burgundy Red"

    Potato "Highland Burgundy Red"

    I harvested the last of my potatoes this week. They were "Highland Burgundy Red", grown in a 35L plastic tub like all my others. This was the only Maincrop... Read more

    Posted on 31 August 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Second-cropping "Cobra" Beans

    Second-cropping "Cobra" Beans

    I know that like me, lots of my friends and Twitter / Facebook acquaintances grow the climbing French Bean "Cobra". It's a very reliable and prolific variety,... Read more

    Posted on 29 August 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Big Tomatoes

    Harvesting Tomatoes

    Most of my cherry tomatoes are nearing their end now, but their place is being taken by the big-fruited varieties.When I say "big-fruited", I mean ones like... Read more

    Posted on 27 August 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Harvesting Blueberries

    Harvesting Blueberries

    Last year my Blueberry harvest was almost nil. Very few fruits formed on my plants, and most of those were eaten by the birds. Read more

    Posted on 25 August 2019 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Chinese Cabbage

    Planting Chinese Cabbage

    Yesterday I planted out some little seedlings of a very interesting variety of Chinese Cabbage. It's called "Scarvita F1". Its distinguishing feature is that... Read more

    Posted on 23 August 2019 GARDENING, HOME