Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Garden Update

The courgettes have now finished but we had a good crop and really enjoyed them.  The last of the cabbage has been eaten by creatures unknown but probably slugs so the bed has been cleared.  They really have been brilliant a very tasty variety that I would be happy to have again.  The lettuce has been brilliant and had a lengthy harvest.  The leaves now are getting taller and producing leaves on long stalks, they are showing the classic signs of bolting.  It is still edible at the moment so we are picking some everyday for either lunch or dinner.

The beetroot continues to flourish and we have had several lots with salad.  The last of the harvest I intend to pickle ready to go with cold cuts over the Christmas period.
I have already frozen several portions of the dwarf green beans and there is still enough for several more.  They have been a real delight easy to keep tied up in the winds we have on this blustery coast.

The runner beans have also been a good crop but a nightmare to keep up because of bad weather, a good crop none the less and tasty.
The tomatoes have been amazing, we are now eating them on a daily basis either at lunch or dinner.  I intend to make a couple of jars of chutney in preparation for Christmas.

The chillies have been slow but continue to grow and the peppers have been amazing.

Leeks have been transplanted into a cleared bed from the mini greenhouse.
Finally the turnips are ready to be thinned out.
A rather pleasing set of crops from the garden thus far this year.  The hard work making and putting in the raised beds has been worth it as my husband can do so much more in the garden at this height.  It has become a lovely shared hobby with wonderful edible rewards.  Not enough for self sufficiency as is our dream but a pleasing first step. 
See you soon.


  1. Lovely to grow your own veggies, especially tomatoes as you can't beat that warm tomato fresh from the vine taste :)

  2. Your garden is looking wonderful and I know the fresh produce will taste amazing :) We have had a few of our green beans and boy did they taste delicious! My little one will go outside every morning and pick sweet peas to munch on.

    Enjoy your day!

  3. Hi Lorraine,

    WOW your garden is really producing! Those tomatoes look amazing. I can practically taste them!

    Will you please do me a favor, ma'am and write me an email so I have yours - I don't see anywhere on your blog where I can write you privately and I want to contact you.

    You are a dear lady, I want you to know how much I appreciate your generosity and friendship. Big hugs. ♥

    ~Michele from Finch Rest

  4. Your garden has been very productive! It's a great feeling to harvest one's own vegetables. I wish there was a way to do it year round!

  5. Hello M

    Oh my word what a wonderful garden. I bet your home grown produce has an amazing taste, you are making me so hungry.
    A lot of hard work but definately worth the effort.


  6. Your garden looks great! I have always planted one but I didn't this year knowing I was not going to have the time to devote to it this year... I always grew lettuce in the spring and tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and peppers... and a big selection of herbs...fresh veggies from the garden are the best! :) Enjoy!

  7. Making food from your own garden is a wonderful feeling.. gorgeous vegetable garden.. have a wonderful day!

  8. Your garden looks wonderfully productive.

  9. Wonderful and very inspirational! X

  10. What a bountiful looking vege garden - can;t wait for summer here so mine looks like that.

  11. What great results you have had from your veggie plot this year! I am sure that you will enjoy all the things that you will put up for later in the year too. xx

  12. You’ll surely have plenty of fresh greens this holiday. Cheers to that! Looks like your veggies are thriving with this year’s weather. I guess your garden is almost completely occupied with these crops. I’d love to see the whole thing in full boom some time. Have a lovely day!

    Gwendolyn Reyes @ Tapestry, NJ