This is a post I have been planning to do for a while now, but I have never quite got round to writing it! As most of my readers probably know, I do a little bit of vegetable gardening – and am slowly learning by experience (read that as ‘by trying and failing’). However, I am (at last) getting a little more productive in the garden. 2011 has been my best gardening year so far, and my family have enjoyed several freshly picked vegetables from the garden, besides apples from our massive apple tree.
As I have occasionally mentioned my garden in the blogging world, I thought it was about time I showed some proof that it does exist (not that I believe anyone doubts it!). We have had our first frost today, so what is left will doubtless soon die down and be removed. These photos were taken in the middle of summer, when the garden was at its peak.
Anyway, without further ado, here are my photos of my 2011 garden…
Most of my little plot. I think I have mentioned that we only have a very small back garden; my vegetable plot reflects that a little! In this photo are my courgette plants (at the back), two bean ‘wigwams’, the sugar snap peas (just in front of the beans), and my sister’s carrots (on the left). Out of the photo is another courgette plant, and the cucumbers and tomatoes. Generally speaking, I planted less this year, but for all that, I had a lot better success rate. Hmmm…
The bean plants. The beans didn’t do too badly, considering that
I was the gardener they were plagued by aphids.
A courgette plant. The courgettes did a record year for us. I (unintentionally) got several very large courgettes – they almost seemed to grow whilst my back was turned! Needless to say, we enjoyed several courgette dishes, which we don’t normally have (for some reason, courgettes are not something we frequently buy).
I also managed to coax a few patty-pan squash out of my few stunted squash plants. I can’t quite remember, but I think I left them in their pots too long before I planted them out. They never did very well.
A cucumber from my cucumber plants. The cucumbers were not the most successful, but I got more from them that I have in previous years… (not hard really, 1 being the grand total before!)
I haven’t really included any photos of the tomato plants – they weren’t intentionally overlooked. I do have some somewhere, from before they were hit by blight and had to be harvested prematurely. So no ripe tomatoes, but I was able to make two batches of green tomato chutney with the 8kg(?) of green tomatoes I was able to harvest.
Anyway, that is a little glimpse of my garden. Next year, I hope to take over a little bit more of the garden. Does anyone know any plants that grow well in shade?!