I never thought this would happen, but over Christmas one of the things I found myself doing a lot of was browsing vegetable catalogues. Ten years ago if you’d told my 22 year old self that that’s what I would be doing a decade hence I would have probably choked on my cauliflower. I even asked for Carol Klein’s book Grow Your Own Veg for Christmas from DJ and have been poring over it. True, DJ has a lot of vegetable books already but I wanted my own and something simple to follow, which it is. It’s pretty straight forward and quick to read, although she does wax lyrical in an almost Nigella Lawson way about onions, which rather tickled me! Each to their own. I’m more excited about the prospect of growing a pumpkin – if I turn out to have green fingers of course. I might not.
My dilemma as a novice grower has been choosing what on earth to grow when there are so many possibilities. After thumbing through all the catalogues I was briefly tempted to grow everything purple – purple kale, purple/black tomatoes, purple cauliflowers, red onions, red lettuces etc. just for fun, but I decided that this would be too ridiculous even for me. After all, I might actually turn purple and it’s a hard colour to wear. So instead I’ve plumped for the following: – potatoes (Ulster Chieftain in bags next to the plot as they take up lots of space), tomatoes (Legend), cucumbers (Boothby’s Blonde – a white cucumber), courgettes (Gladiator), romaine lettuce (to feed my pet lizards), kale, red onions (Red Baron), red peppers (Big Banana!), pumpkin (Jack of all Trades) and winter squash (Harlequin). I’ll have to see if it all fits in the bed, though.
Over Christmas I prepped the bed using home matured compost and soil left over from digging the foundation for a new garden feature – DJ’s greenhouse. But there’s not a lot else I can do yet as it’s too early to sow most things, although I may try to sow some romaine lettuce in pots in the greenhouse or indoors to see if they take. Have a great weekend, Piper xxx
Do you grow your own veg? What varieties/types of veg are you growing this year?
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