Monday, 25 July 2011

Five a day

Our small veggie patch, now in it's third season, has been probably more productive this year than ever.

We have runner beans, sweetcorn, squash, pumpkin, spinach, chard, beetroot, raddish and lettuce all in quite a small plot. It is also fairly shady, as we have a large oak tree just behind it.

There's a huge pumpkin in there, somewhere....

We placed plastic collars made by cutting up milk cartons around the lettuces when they were small to protect them from slugs. Seems to have done the trick.

The beetroots were getting rather large and woody, so last week I made them into borscht, using the Covent Garden Soups recipe book.

Plenty of anti-oxidants in here!

The sweetcorn is not quite ready yet.

Elsewhere in the garden we have courgettes, growing outside this year as we were tired of stepping over them in the greenhouse.

Despite the small appearence of these, last week I harvested a whoppa from the other plant - 430g in weight and about 12 inches in length - enough to make more soup - delicious courgette and brie soup from the same recipe book.

Even the rhubarb has made a return visit.

In the greenhouse, the tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them...

and so are the cucumbers.

As Mr Puppet Lady said today, it is a time of plenty. 
How fortunate we are to have so much.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, yummy! How I miss not having a veg garden! Well, maybe next year. It's wonderful to be able to go out to the garden and pick one's supper, isn't it?


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