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Our Vegetable Garden / 05

August 21, 2014

Raised Vegetable Garden - Strawberries Raised Vegetable Garden - Leeks Raised Vegetable Garden - Tomatoes Raised Vegetable Garden - Tomatoes Raised Vegetable Garden - Courgette Raised Vegetable Garden - Onions Raised Vegetable Garden - OreganoThis is probably going to be my last garden update of the year (though I might get to sneak a final one in next month), since we had a pretty bad month in the garden. I didn’t have time to buy a net for the raised beds in time before the cabbage white butterflies laid their eggs in my brussels sprouts, and before we knew it there was an invasion of baby caterpillars in the garden and everything was beyond saving. They pretty much ate everything apart from my beetroot, leeks, courgette and tomatoes, so there’s pretty much nothing left. 

I was hoping to be able to grow winter veg too so we don’t just have a big empty box sitting out the front of our house all winter for the cats to lie in (and think it’s their toilet space), but unfortunately everything got eaten and its a little too late to starrt anything else, so we decided to let the leeks continue growing and then take the box apart and move it to the back garden for next year – I just have to build some kind of roof to keep the chickens out now haha! We’re planning on separating it into two boxes instead as it’s currently got 3 layers, so we’ll have 1 box of 2 layers (for all the root veg) and 1 box of 1 layer (for all the leafy veg) to increase the growing space.

All we’ve got left now is the tomato plants (we have 1 ‘sungold’ plant which is still happily producing delicious tomatoes, and 2 ‘roma’ plum tomato plants which so far I can only see 3 tomatoes actually growing, and a couple flowers, so hopefully they’ll grow/ripen in time), courgettes (they’re in a pretty small container so they’re only producing baby courgettes), and the leeks, which don’t really seem to be doing anything at the moment. Oh, and I forgot about my strawberries which I started from seed earlier this year, but I’m not holding out any hope for them this year since it’s their first producing year. We’ll see how it goes!

How is your garden going? I’d love to see!

  • Reply
    Jess
    August 21, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Next year I’m going to start a real veg patch in my garden. Currently we’re growing strawberries (unsuccessfully, they keep getting eaten) and raspberries (very successful, we’ve made loads of jam).Next year we want leeks, carrots, cabbages and potatoes. Watch this space!

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      April
      August 22, 2014 at 7:01 am

      That sounds amazing! I’d love to grow raspberries, but sadly we don’t have enough space. I want to have a try at potatoes next year too!

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    Amy
    August 22, 2014 at 1:50 am

    I have been really enjoying my garden this year. It feels as though the summer has been travelling a little too fast for my liking though. I just want to spend everyday, all year long, tending to the little plants and feeling the soil with my fingertips.

    Your photographs here are beautiful. I bet the veggies taste just fantastic!

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      April
      August 22, 2014 at 7:03 am

      I know how you feel! I really wish summer could just last forever and I could spend the time growing so many vegetables haha!
      xo April

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    Jane
    August 22, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Those horrible caterpillars! I live in a flat with no garden so I can’t grow anything, but I looove the idea of being able to grow fruits and vegetables. Some day!

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      April
      August 22, 2014 at 7:05 am

      I was so gutted about my poor brussels but it was just too late to save them (and everything else haha). Have you tried windowbox gardening? You could always try growing salads and herbs on your windowsill – I did that my first year! 🙂
      xo April

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        Jane
        August 23, 2014 at 2:43 am

        Oh that’s a nifty (and now that I think about it, obvious) idea! I’ll look into it.

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    Tatyana
    August 22, 2014 at 8:57 am

    beautiful pictures
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    marlen
    August 25, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Ah your garden is really coming along! My mom planted cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil this year and nothing grew, haha. NOTHING! So bummed.

    xo marlen
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    Ting
    August 26, 2014 at 10:40 am

    My boyfriend garden has a mini herb area, fruits and flowers!

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