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Our Vegetable Garden / 04

July 22, 2014

Beetroot Leaves Oregano Flowers Summer Flowers Summer FlowersThis month has been a good month for our little container garden. Although the harvest’s we’ve had have been little, it’s been good to actually be able to eat stuff from the garden rather than just watching the majority of it grow!

Raised Vegetable Garden Kale Raised Vegetable Garden Kale Raised Vegetable Garden Brussels SproutsI’ve also had a couple of little problems in the garden this month too. Our brassicas (the kale and brussels sprouts) are being eaten most likely by white cabbage butterflies, and I’ve not had any time to get a net for the garden to save them! They’re still growing, but there’s hardly anything left of the poor kale leaves, and the leaves of the brussels sprouts are looking a little holey. Our broccoli pretty much died too (I think that was mainly due to not getting enough sunlight though and being overtaken by the nasturtiums that I left to get a little wild) so that got pulled up.

Raised Vegetable Garden Tomato 'Sungold' But on the plus side, our tomatos are coming along really nice! We’ve already harvested two trusses of them. I decided to grow two types of tomatoes this year, a nice ‘sungold’ cherry tomato and a plum tomato ‘roma’. So far the sungold one has been growing really well and we have a quite a few tomatoes growing and a lot of flowers too. Our roma tomatos got started a little later, so they’re only just starting to flower. I hope they have enough time to grow and produce a decent harvest. I’m looking forward to using them in some pasta dishes, and to make some homemade passata and ketchup.

April Everyday July Harvest: Beetroot, Peas, Tomatoes & Spring Onions April Everyday July Harvest: Beetroot, Peas, Tomatoes & Spring Onions Raised Vegetable Garden Carrots: Nantes & Purple Haze Raised Vegetable Garden Carrots: Amesterdam 2, Purple Haze and NantesOther than that, we harvested the last of the peas, some spring onions, beetroot and I just pulled one of each variety of carrot up as I was getting a little impatient waiting for them. They look like they’ve come along really well though and should be good to pull up in few weeks! I’m most excited to try the ‘purple haze’ variety (the other two are ‘amsterdam 2’ (left), and ‘nantes’ (right). I also planted a different variety of amsterdam but I haven’t pulled them yet).

Container Garden Zucchini/CourgetteI’m also growing courgettes too, but so far we’ve only had ‘male’ flowers appear. I’ve spotted a couple ‘female’ flowers starting to develop though the first little courgette fell off before it even got to flower, so I’m hoping this little one stays strong! There are a couple more hiding in there too, but they’re too small to really notice.

If you grow your own fruit/veg, leave a link as I’d love to see!

  • Reply
    Nikki | The Ginger Diaries
    July 22, 2014 at 11:19 am

    You should host dinner parties! 😀 I’d come to England for that ^_^ I’d come to England for anything, haha. Looks like your garden is doing well and everything is grwoing nicely. My granddad used to span a net over parts of his garden too, and we’ve recently thrown nets over the apple trees in our mini orchard because the birds were picking holes in the fruit. It has surely helped, so I hope it will help your kale and Brussels sprouts too! xo

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      July 22, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      That would be so good, though as much as I love cooking, it stresses me out when I cook for more than just me and Shane haha! Oh wow, I’d love to have a mini orchard. We planted a nectarine tree this year, and apparently it takes about 2 years to fruit, so I hope that comes along ok, but I’d much prefer some apples! xo

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    July 25, 2014 at 5:22 am

    One of my favorite things is fresh carrots from the garden. I have memories as a kid eating them! We don’t have a garden right now, but I am thinking next summer it’s time to build one!

    Lauren xo
    Sophisticated In Style

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