In The Beginning…

Bed 1

  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Courgette
  • Squash
  • Corn

Bed 2

  • More raspberrries
  • Broadbeans
  • Peas

Bed 3

  • Blueberries
  • Gooseberries
  • Flat-leafed parsley
  • Chervil
  • Rocket
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Rainbow chard

Elsewhere – Apples, plums, quince, thyme, sage (green and purple) , chives, rosemary, mint, curly parsley, oregano and marjoram.

Plans – Erect a little greenhouse and grow tomatoes.

22 thoughts on “In The Beginning…

  1. How lovely, I hope you’ll get a good crop. I’ve just posted a recipe for a gooseberry meringue cake, in case you won’t know what to do with yours. ;)

  2. Such an impressive veg patch, Wendy. You certainly put my efforts to shame. Haven’t had gooseberries for ages – what a treat those will be.

  3. Sylvie – I saw that recipe. It looks absolutely amazing! And I’m not even that bothered about cakes.

    Jules – It’s lovely coming home from work and just popping a few freshly picked rasps into my mouth.

    Truenorth67 – Basil grows inside on the window sill. It’s too cold, even in summer, here to grow it outside. It is one of my favourites though.

    Holler – Lol! Get it from my Dad. He never sits down!

    Pia – Thank you! :)

    Pat – Thank you! :)

    Antonia – Nonsense! I’m hugely impressed by all you’re growing despite a lack of space.

  4. Wendy darling!! Maybe we are really twins cause I’ve planted the same things in my home in sardinia :-D
    Great to have a photocopy somewhere in the wolrd!
    a big hug honey
    have a fantastic evening
    Silvia

  5. We had the most ancient plum tree when we lived in Harrowden Road in Inverness and we got the most amazing plums. It is a great tree to grow – the blossom is beautiful and the plums are abundant. I wish you luck with your garden. I do wish we could get raspberries in Cairo. We had them in Rosemarkie and before I could pick them the boys had eaten them. The only problem you will have, I suspect, is stopping yourself from eating them before you pick them,

  6. Silvia Magnolia – Sardinia? I thought you were in Florence, for some reason.

    Shona – Actually, my main problem will be stopping David from eating them. :)

    Christina – Yup, I’m packing everything in!

  7. That’s awesome! Great veg patch. Just out of interest, how many corn plants do you have? I’ve heard that you need quite a few for them to pollinate each other.

  8. Is that a compost bin I spy in the corner? I “made” one of my own out of a trash can a drill and bungee cords this weekend. Any advice on composting to share with a total amateur? Barkley and I have planted tomatoes, japanese eggplant, squash, zuchinni, red peppers, yellow peppers, and okra. Hopefully I don’t have to do any plant funerals this summer :) We’ll see though.

  9. Aforkfullofspaghetti – This is only my second year growing so I’m going to be interested to see what happens too!

    Helen – I have about 10 corn plants in a double row. Was supposed to plant them in a bunch but didn’t have space. Who knows what’ll happen.

    Tunesia – Well done you! And I’m very envious of what you’ve planted. It’s too cold here for most of those crops. As for composting advice, I only know the basics:
    * You can compost all raw vegetable and fruit (peelings or past their best food).
    * Nothing cooked or animal derived.
    * Egg shells are good though.
    * Add grass cuttings or twigs from time to time to help air circulate.
    *Use compost from the bottom of the composter. I waited a year before starting to do this.
    Hope that helps!

  10. I love your beds and I too love growing veg. Someone mentioned why no basil. I`m also from Scotland and have to grow it in a greenhouse or indoors.

  11. Karen’s Kitchen – Thank you! I grew basil in a wee greenhouse last year too. It was a rather tough variety though. Will be more picky this year!

    Lucy – Yeah, me too. It’s an odd leaf indeed.

    Sarah – The ceramic sink sounds quite cool to me!

    Phantom Chef – Couldn’t agree more. :)

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