UK Veg Gardeners

Now that we are into July, most peoples plots must be producing plenty of crops, surely?

Let's hear and see how your plot / garden is doing!

I have already had a good crop of Broad Beans, like these "Witkiem Manita".

And I have harvested about half of my 16 containers of potatoes. These beauties are "Charlotte", my all-time favourite variety:

I have started cropping chillis - albeit green ones for pickling:

Of course I have been cutting Lettuce more or less every day (haven't we all?). this one is "Tom Thumb".

I picked my first courgette of the year this week - it's a "Defender F1".

I also have lots of other veggies coming along too, such as onions, Runner Beans and cucumbers. Growing your own is just so rewarding sometimes...!

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Now harvesting on a regular basis: potatoes, peas, lettuce, radishes, spring onions, broad beans, strawberries and gooseberries. Tomatoes are only a week or two away (if we get some sun) and a lot of other stuff is almost at the picking stage. Not only have I been harvesting stuff but as space comes available I'm forking in a bit of BFB and planting things like leeks and broccoli. 

Harvesting peas, potatoes, lettuce, broad beans, shallots, garlic, raspberries, blueberries, and even a few Sungold tomatoes last week, my earliest ever! Carrots not too far away. Not to mention all the herbs.

I have done well with rhubarb and kale this year but I am not harvesting the rhubarb this year. The kale I shall think about for a while yet.

I now have fruit from the garden during every month of the year, including of course the stored and bottled Bramleys until the strawberries are ready in June.  My vegetable sowing was so unsuccessful this year that I am going to build some raised beds to control the increase more effectively, in future.

I have done well with grape seedlings, and Yew seedlings. Box I ought to get started on to create a small "Knot" garden. Heaven knows the garden is small enough but it could still be done!  I am about to pot up the Yew and possibly the grapes in two or three weeks.

The last pick of gooseberries for this year. My two bushes have produced 8.1kg between them - my best yield ever but they'll probably start going downhill from now on.

8kgs sounds like a lot from just two bushes, Colin!

Good pruning provides a better crop. I must think about gooseberries, a sweet variety from a cutting perhaps.

It is a lot, Mark but I'm meticulous with my weighing. Previous best crop was 6.7kg in 2015. I do feed the bushes well and prune them correctly and it seems to have paid off. Currently picking blackcurrants and have had 5.4kg from two bushes with one more to go. Yield looks well down on last year's bumper crop of 11.4kg.



Mark Willis said:

8kgs sounds like a lot from just two bushes, Colin!

Colin, I wasn't suggesting that you had fiddled the figures, just congratulating you on a great result! My own recent harvests have been "small but perfectly formed", as they say...

Mark, how do you protect your carrots from the dreaded root fly?

It's a real problem up here and they have to be completely covered over with enviromesh otherwise they get so badly attacked as to be useless.

Very easy to grow from cuttings, Gareth. I've done lots of new plants for friends and neighbours.

Gareth Howell said:

Good pruning provides a better crop. I must think about gooseberries, a sweet variety from a cutting perhaps.

Same here, Colin. Mind you, don't find the enviromesh too much of a hassle - except when weeding required. A small price to pay for unholy carrots!

Colin Robinson said:

Mark, how do you protect your carrots from the dreaded root fly?

It's a real problem up here and they have to be completely covered over with enviromesh otherwise they get so badly attacked as to be useless.

Colin, Yes, I use Enviromesh these days. It works a treat. without it, carrots are just not worth growing here.

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