• Mark's Veg Plot

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


  • Maintaining the Old Routines

    Maintaining Routines

    Despite having written the other day that I have made one or two little changes to my gardening plans because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I'm still trying to... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Coronavirus Causes a Few Changes of Plan

    Coronavirus Causes Changes Plan

    The extraordinary circumstances created by the coronavirus pandemic mean that shopping in the normal way is practically impossible, and there is no guarantee... Read more

    Posted on 29 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Spuds Are In!


    Well, not ALL the spuds. Just the first ones. A significant milestone, nevertheless.This year, as usual, I'm growing my potatoes in containers - big 35-litre... Read more

    Posted on 25 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting out My Onions

    Planting Onions

    Last year I grew some onions by a different method. Instead of growing each onion separated from its fellows, I grew them in clumps. This allowed me to produce... Read more

    Posted on 21 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Chitting Potatoes

    Chitting Potatoes

    I normally plant the first of my potatoes in mid to late March, so it's nearly time to do that. For the last two months my seed-potatoes have been chitting in... Read more

    Posted on 17 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Planting Broad Beans

    Planting Broad Beans

    In my last post I described how my garden is currently almost bare, waiting for the new year's sowings and plantings. This week I planted out my first crop of... Read more

    Posted on 14 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Back to Square One

    Back Square

    Yes, I know it is possible to keep a garden populated with vegetables all year round, but I prefer to start "from scratch" each year. At present my veg-plot is... Read more

    Posted on 10 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Transplanting Chillis

    Transplanting Chillis

    I sowed my chilli seeds on Valentine's day (14th Feb), and they have now grown to a size where they needed potting-on - by which I mean putting each seedling... Read more

    Posted on 07 March 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • Waking up


    My blog has been "resting" since October, but I feel ready to start it up again, so Hello everyone!From a gardening point of view, 2020 has got off to a really... Read more

    Posted on 29 February 2020 GARDENING, HOME
  • 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