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The Vegetable Garden / 08

August 17, 2016

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The Vegetable Garden

I can’t believe that the last garden update that I did was back in June! To be honest though, there hasn’t really been all that much happening – I’ve just been waiting for everything to grow. The fun part is starting now where I can finally harvest stuff!

Most of the stuff that I sowed towards the end of spring got eaten – seriously, everything this year was just attacked and eaten till there was nothing left! It was a little disheartening, so I didn’t sow anymore. My absolute favourite thing to grow, peas, just instantly got attacked every single time I planted them out, so they were a complete fail this year.

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Peppers

I tried growing peppers a few years ago, but I only had one decent one and it never ripened before the end of the summer, so I gave up. I decided to try again this year, but so far, it’s taking ages to ripen. It had a huge growth spurt for a few weeks as you can see from the 3 pictures, and now it’s just doing nothing. A few of the other smaller ones have been eaten by something, so I’m hoping this one ripens quickly!

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Tomatoes

The tomatoes don’t seem to be doing much this year either! I’ve had a few little sungold ones so far, but nothing amazing yet. I’ve got 6 plants in total, so I’m hoping a few of them start to grow soon!

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Courgettes

I’m so excited about my courgette plant! It’s got so many little baby courgettes starting off now, so hopefully they all get pollinated. I managed to harvest one courgette last year, so I’m hoping to beat my record this year ahha!

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Beans

I grew broad beans this year, along with a climbing french bean (cobra) and a dwarf french bean (purple queen). I didn’t like the broad beans at all, but french beans are one of my favourite vegetables, so I’m excited to get harvesting those!

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Brassicas

I got started a little late on these, since our chickens decided to have a little much on them when they first got planted, then I forgot to net them up so the birds then decided to join them in their little feast till there was barely anything left! It’s crazy to think that this time last year, I’d already harvested most of the summer sprouting broccoli! The cabbages are just starting to form their little hearts, so hopefully in the next few months I’ll be able to harvest some!

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Everything Else

So, as it was so long ago that I last did a little garden update, I’ve still got some photos from months ago! I harvested a few little radishes (the ones that didn’t get eaten). I never used to like radishes, but the past few years they’ve really grown on me!

I had some strawberry plants in the front garden last year, and by the looks of it they sent their little runners off into the patio. Well one of them has sent off more runners, and this little thing is starting to flower! I wonder if the strawberries will actually come to anything, because it’s a little late in the season now.

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Flowers

I couldn’t do a little garden post without sharing some of my favourite flowers from the garden! Echinacea is one of my favourite summer flowers, and I’ve got three varieties growing. Also, how pretty are these little pink flowers? I bought them a couple months ago, and they’re still going strong!

Have you been growing any vegetables? I always love to see everyone else’s little plots!

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  • Reply
    Immy May
    August 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    This is such an inspiration! I have been meaning to get started on creating a vegetable garden all bladdy summer and have yet to get round to it! Luckily our flat has a great little green space so I need to make the most of it. I bet everything tastes delicious too? Immy x

    http://www.immymay.com

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      April
      August 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Ahh, you need to! It’s so rewarding when you get to harvest things that you’ve grown from seeds, and it definitely tastes a whole lot better! I’d recommend growing tomatoes – they don’t taste so crunchy and bland like they do from the shops – so good!
      xo April

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    Lucy
    August 17, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    What beautiful photos of all your lovely plants, clever you!! As soon as I get a garden of my own, I’ll try and emulate this. Just the sight of those courgette flowers is enough to get my tummy rumbling (although I’m thinking of them deep fried with anchovy and mozzarella – trust me to turn a veg garden into an unhealthy indulgence!) xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua : Travel, Food, Italy

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      April
      August 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      Can you believe I’ve never eaten a courgette flower before? I keep meaning to pick some to stuff, but then they’re always a little dead by the time I think of it. That sounds so delicious though!
      xo April

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    Kate
    August 18, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Oh how fun! I’ve always wanted to start a garden! Maybe when I get out of college and get my own apartment! 🙂
    -Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com

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      April
      August 19, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Yes! You totally should! Though, you can always grow things like lettuce and herbs on your windowsills! 🙂
      xo April

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    Sophie Cliff
    August 18, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Ohhhh, I really want to grow my own veggies! We moved house a little too late to get started this year but next year I am ON IT. Love this post and all of your photos, it looks like your garden is coming on amazingly 🙂 x
    Sophie Cliff

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      April
      August 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

      Thanks, Sophie! Good luck with your garden next year!
      xo April

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    Ana
    August 18, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I love these photos – so beautiful! I always wanted to have my own vegetable garden 🙂

    http://www.anacelinelabod.com

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      April
      August 19, 2016 at 6:48 am

      You totally should! Even if it’s just a little box of lettuce or herbs on a windowsil!
      xo April

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    Darina
    August 19, 2016 at 6:07 am

    Lovely photos of your garden. I don’t have one. But months ago I put an avocado pit in the ground and now it’s a beautiful plant. I am looking forward to see this process

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      April
      August 19, 2016 at 6:49 am

      Thanks, Darina! That is so cool! My mum tried to do that, but nothing came of it, so I’m excited that yours has worked! She’s growing a lemon tree though!
      xo April

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    Shari Jennings
    August 21, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Super cute! I love the idea of anything you can leave out in the winter to add life to the landscape.

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    Gemma Evans
    August 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Echinacea is one of my favourites aswell, they even look nice when they start to fade. This year has been a slug apocalypse for us growers; most people I’ve spoken to at the allotment have said the same. Everyone seems to feel a bit downhearted. All your veg are looking really healthy though and I’ll keep my fingers crossed your pepper ripen to a ruby red colour 🙂

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    Jade
    August 26, 2016 at 3:06 am

    awww! I’d love to take care of a garden like this. So cute the babies vegetables hahaha.

    Adorable post!

    Jade –
    tinybigmoments.squarespace.com

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