I have shown snippets of the veg plot this summer but have not posted much about it's development, so before I ramble on excitedly about my my first crops of veggies and cut flowers I thought I better give you a little more background to my main garden project this summer at Tumbledown Farm.
I moved back to Tumbledown Farm in February and the first project I really wanted to tackle was to put in a veg plot. When I was growing up we always grew all our own fruit and vegetables and I hope very much that we will be able to do this again. The smallholding has become very run down in recent years as my parents failing health has meant they have struggled to maintain much of the garden. So the first task was to decide which part of the wilderness to tame and turn into my vegetable garden. In the end after much humming and harring I chose the small orchard infront of the goat house.
It was quite a mamoth task to clear it and we had to get the local farmer in to help us grub out the scraggly unproductive plum and apple trees that were planted there. Removing all the tree roots and weeds was even more of a nightmare, but we got there in the end.
I decided not to try too much to start with in my first year and began to put in a legume bed with peas, sweet peas and beans. Followed by a small herb bed next to it.
Then came the all important compost bins and a few more beds.
Brassica's were the next things to go in and I carefully covered them with netting to protect them from the evil fat pigeons that lazily sit in the front garden eyeing up the veg plot. The net seemed to work well against snails too as they got stuck in the net and could be easily removed by me and the hungry thrushes.
Next to go in were beds of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, sweetcorn, courgettes, dwarf beans, and strawberries.
I slowly managed to get down weed matting and bark paths around the beds and by June everything was growing like mad!
This month I can barely move for plants, the land is very fertile and everything seems to be exceedingly happy.
I have been thrilled to pick massive bunches of wonderful smelling sweet peas.
The runner beans are growing away furiously and I am very much looking forward to them. We have already scoffed most of the peas and broad beans.
I have also grown my first ever dahilas from tubers this year. They have just started coming out and are absoluetly gorgeous :o)
I picked and cooked the first batch of beetroot on Tuesday. It might be a little thing to the hardened allotmenteer, but this is my first ever veg plot and it has been very exciting to begin to pick and cook the produce.
It is so nice to now just a few months after starting it, be able to pick and cook fresh veggies. On Tuesday we tried a variation on a Christopher Lloyd recipe for beetroot. Beetroot, fresh chives, cream and freshly greated parmesan. Delicious!