• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Two Significant Milestones

    Significant Milestones

    This week, I have passed two significant milestones on my new plot.Firstly, I finished the digging (at long last!). The veg-patch now extends all the way to... Read more

    Posted on 20 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Casualties and a Nice Find

    Casualties Nice Find

    The brassicas on my Courtmoor plot have suffered a couple of casualties. Everyone can see that this is not a healthy plant!You may recall that the purpose of th... Read more

    Posted on 19 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • In Praise of Herbs

    Praise Herbs

    If a gardener with very little space available asked me what he / she should grow, I'd definitely say herbs. Herbs are expensive to buy and most shops only carr... Read more

    Posted on 17 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Mid-May Plot Update

    Mid-May Plot Update

    Well, it's the middle of May, and my new plot is almost full up already! The only unprepared ground is one little strip about a metre wide, adjacent to the... Read more

    Posted on 15 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Shifting Those Pots!

    Shifting Those Pots!

    This is the time of year when many young plants get potted-on from little tiny (3-inch, 3.5-inch) pots into considerably bigger (5-inch, 6-inch) pots. Read more

    Posted on 13 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Beans

    Planting Beans

    With more space available to me this year I have a greater opportunity for growing beans. We love beans in every shape and form, and Runner beans are one of... Read more

    Posted on 11 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Getting Ready for the Cucurbits

    Getting Ready Cucurbits

    When I first took on my Courtmoor plot last Autumn, I asked the homeowners how much of the garden they wanted me to look after. They said "As much or as little... Read more

    Posted on 09 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Potting-on Tomato Plants

    Potting-on Tomato Plants

    My method of raising tomato plants involves a lot of "survival of the fittest". I always sow a lot more seeds than ought to be necessary. Imagine (as is in... Read more

    Posted on 07 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • It's Not All Good News

    It's Good News

    On Thursday I went up to my Courtmoor plot to plant some more brassicas (of which, more in a moment). Rupert (the homeowner) was out in the garden having a... Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beans Are Up!


    The various beans I sowed, with the help of two of my granddaughters, two weeks ago have germinated - or at least, most of them have.These ones are Runner... Read more

    Posted on 03 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • St.George's Mushrooms.

    St.George's Mushrooms.

    One of the first edible mushrooms to appear each year is Calocybe gambosa, aka St.George's Mushroom. It is called this because it typically appears on around... Read more

    Posted on 01 May 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Cabbages

    Planting Cabbages

    With limited space available in my raised beds, I can't normally grow as many Brassicas as I would like, but with the additional space up at my Courtmoor plot... Read more

    Posted on 29 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • My Chillis Are Recovering

    Chillis Recovering

    This year my chillis got off to a bad start. They germinated OK and did well enough under the lights for their first few days, and soon grew big enough for me t... Read more

    Posted on 27 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Beanpoles


    Having sown some bean seeds the other day, my thoughts have now turned towards beanpoles, particularly in relation to my new Courtmoor Avenue plot. Read more

    Posted on 25 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tapas


    All my regular readers know that I am very fond of food, and of cooking! Inspired by our recent trip to Seville, I made an array of tapas-style dishes for our... Read more

    Posted on 23 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • First Sowings at Courtmoor

    First Sowings Courtmoor

    Until this week, all the seed-sowing I have done has been at my own house / garden. Now I have finally got some seeds in at the Courtmoor Avenue plot. Read more

    Posted on 21 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Chemical Attack?

    Chemical Attack?

    [A very topical subject, this...!]One of the "Foremost" potato plants I am growing seems to have been the victim of a chemical poisoning. Not Novichok this time... Read more

    Posted on 19 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Supporting Broad Beans

    Supporting Broad Beans

    Broad Bean plants can be very floppy and I think they benefit from some support. If left to their own devices they often get very tangled, and sometimes fall... Read more

    Posted on 18 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • Stocking up with Brassicas

    Stocking with Brassicas

    Over the last few days I have been busy pricking out a lot of little seedlings, most of which are brassicas of one sort or another - cabbages, cauliflowers,... Read more

    Posted on 17 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Visit to Seville

    Visit Seville

    It's a long time since I posted anything about "travels", which is a bit remiss of me, considering that my blog claims to be about "Gardening, food, cookery,... Read more

    Posted on 15 April 2018 GARDENING, HOME