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Do these leaves indicate a problem with my potatoes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Shirley Jul 10, 2012. 17 Replies

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Horticultural Channel Awards 2011

Started this discussion. Last reply by VP Nov 10, 2011. 2 Replies

Give your favourites a thumbs up!On Facebook I follow the Horticultural Channel and see that they're currently asking for votes for their "Best of 2011" awards. UK Veg Gardeners here is one of the…Continue


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Hello from North London ...

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I'm growing fruit and veg inbetween two blocks of flats on the estate where I live. The 'Veg Patch' was dug out from under neglected rose bushes and cotoneaster, rampant ivy, overgrown shrubs and deep, deep roots. The space was originally intended to be a verdant space with trees, grass and space for children's gardening; sadly left to ruin, it has now been covered with concrete paving slabs and my dream is to quietly restore the gardens and instil a passion for growing veg to the community here. Only time will tell.

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The Cut Flower Patch - book review and giveaway

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 19:16 0 Comments

I've always wanted to grow flowers for cutting but felt that would deplete the look of the garden.  A new book by UK Veg Gardener Sweet Pea Lou, she of the…


At least the chillies are growing (if nothing else)

Posted on July 10, 2012 at 9:27 0 Comments

This is Chilli Guindilla Roja, a new chill for me this year.  I've got a few peppers, capsicums and chillies…


Sometimes you can't blame the weather ...

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 20:53 2 Comments

I'd like to say that I've been enjoying a bumper strawberry harvest from my veg patch - but I can't. Last year's runners taste revolting: watery and bland.  Really, I don't know why I bother to pick them, except that I don't want to encourage the slugs.  It was no better last year so I can't blame the weather.  I've decided to pull them up when they've finished fruiting and start again, with the exception of the Rambling Cascade strawberries which came from Victoriana last summer.  Maybe it…


Growing perennial cauliflowers

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 12:00 2 Comments

Last July I planted 5 perennial cauliflower plugs which had been supplied to me by our own UK Veg Gardener Stephen Shirley from Victoriana Nurseries. I was intrigued by the idea of a plant which would produce not one but several cauliflower heads - and regrow at the end of the season for the next four…


Comment Wall (16 comments)

At 15:32 on August 16, 2010, Jo said…
Nice to see you here too, Carolyn. It looks like this is going to be a great site.
At 18:25 on August 18, 2010, Caroline Holding said…

yes i'm in north london too and the photos look amazing...

actually i'm on holiday at the moment but would love to get together ((outside of cyberspace) when i get back!
At 18:20 on August 24, 2010, Melony Lawrance said…
Hi Carolyn, found the blog a while ago have tried a few of the recipes, which have all turned out great. I love the pictures and its really well written.

The only other foodie blog I religiously followed was but its gone quiet on the food front recently.

Although I have started reading Sarah Raven over at the Telegraph but they only feature recipes out of her books, oh well can't have everything! Are there foodie blogs you follow?
At 8:34 on September 26, 2010, VP said…
Delighted we're friends :) Thanks for all your contributions to the Book Club and I hope you get lots of entries for your book giveaway.
At 21:47 on March 31, 2011, elaine rickett said…
Hi friend - no other blog posts just veg gardeners
At 19:58 on April 4, 2011, Philippa Buckley said…

Hi Carolyn,


Thank you so much. Yes, I am very much enjoying having a look round and seeing what is on here! I really like what you have done with your space - it looks lovely!


Yes, I don't think I'll ever learn when it comes to cheap plants and products...I am trying though! Have only slipped up once with the supermarket 'cloche'...still!



At 13:08 on May 1, 2011, Sarah Rideout said…

Hi Carolyn, thanks for friends request, I was going to ask you the same but ran out of time the other day! 

The plastic bottle experiment is being done to see if a difference can be made to protecting and nurturing seedlings on our sometimes windy, always chalky site. The idea is that the bottles, which are full of water and buried head down with their lids on, absorb heat during the day and release it at night. It is a small change but seems to be working as the comparison bed has not done as well but its still early days. Interesting though. I've had permaculture training and the member looking after the exp beds used to live in Africa and is keen to explore different methods. will keep you posted!


Your plot looks fantastic, lovely photo's. We have a website which I do post onto but not weekly. Also if you do facebook you could have a look at 

Oyster Project Garden Buddy / Lewes Organic Allotment Project


best wishes , Sarah

At 20:56 on May 2, 2011, Andy Naylor said…
Hi Caro, no not yet but there are a few other items we are waiting for so it must be the bank holiday. Just had our first harvest tonight, quite exciting radishes, spinach and mustard greens! All makes an interesting salad for lunch tomorrow even if there wasn't much of it! Still its a start and i'm happy that something will grow in my hastily thrown together 8ft by 4ft plot! Andy
At 11:19am on May 10, 2011, Zoe gave Caro a gift
Wishing you a hot, sunny & rainy May.
At 10:11pm on June 16, 2011, elaine rickett gave Caro a gift
Thank you Carolyn you've made my day.

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