This Year’s Crops

Photo: Burgon & Ball

As part of our self sufficientish lifestyle our plan is to grow as much of our food as possible. When we first moved here we had never grown anything from scratch and whilst we had enjoyed gardening at our last house it was more of the see what plant catches our eye at the garden centre variety.

Over the past few years we have gradually increased what we grow. We started by growing potatoes and courgettes and buoyed on by our first years success we haven’t looked back. One thing that we did learn however was to only grow the stuff that we really like. In that first year we had a veritable glut of courgettes and being the only courgette eating person in our household meant that there were quite a few uneaten . My attempt at courgette muffins could not persuade anyone otherwise.

This year we are growing:

Potatoes – First Earlies ‘Home Guard’, Second Earlies ‘Maris Peer’, Maincrop ‘King Edward’ and ‘Kerr’s Pink’

Sweetcorn – ‘Applause’

Dwarf beans

Basil

Corriander

Tomatoes – ‘Olirose’, ‘ Orange Bourgoin’

Carrots – ‘Autumn King’

Beetroot – ‘Boltardy’

Pumpkin – ‘Jack o’ Lantern’

Rhubarb

Rocket

Mixed Salad Leaves

Peppers

Courgettes – ‘Black Beauty’

Spring Onion – ‘Ishikura’

Salsify

We also have permement plantings of:

Apples – ‘Scrumptious’, ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin’ and two unknown varieties of dessert apple

Pears – ‘Conference’

Plums -‘Victoria’

Strawberries

Raspberries – ‘Autumn Bliss’

Redcurrants – ‘Jonkheer Van Tets’

Blackcurrants – Ben Nevis’

Jeruselem Artichokes

Globe Artichokes

Herbs – Chives, Thyme, Fennel, Bergamot, Sage

We look forward to showing you the results as they appear!

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