Quietly Vegetating #growyourown

This year is the first year we’ve really put our backs into growing veg. It’s a lot of effort, especially when growing from seed and it’s probably because we’ve not gone away so have been able to make daily adjustments to the watering, pricking, pruning and picking regimes that has led to such a bumper crop so far.

And in July

The first crops were the mange tout which included, to my surprise since the packet of seeds didn’t have a picture, included purple pods, followed by french beans and courgettes. There was some Swiss chard too. And lately custard marrows…

One courgette did get lost in the foliage and grew into a nearby shrub. Rather a marrow monster if one’s honest.

We’ve had a plentiful supply of gooseberries and while the rhubarb hasn’t warranted any applause (I move them in the autumn and they are taking a while to establish) the onions and potatoes are making up for any disappointment.

Shortly we will taste tomatoes and some late planted beets, followed by some sweetcorn and celery and possibly a cucumber that is beginning to develop.

All in all, rather pleasing.

And Dog?

He’s not really inclined to the vegetarian side of life…

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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38 Responses to Quietly Vegetating #growyourown

  1. How inspiring! Youโ€™ve grown some wonderful things in your garden ๐ŸŒท

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  2. Wow–I’m so impressed. Beautiful work! Corn to come, too. My husband doesn’t do corn in his veggie garden, because it takes so much space. But we do always have the one “whoops” zucchini that grows out of control. Good for zucchini bread. Any excuse to add sugar and flour to something nutritious–ha!

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  3. Ritu says:

    That all looks simply marvellous!

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  4. Our gardening experiment has been significantly less successful, but we continue the attempts.

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  5. Darlene says:

    Your vegetable garden looks amazing. You can do a lot with that large zucchini, like feed the entire neighbourhood!

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  6. I’m jealous!
    We’ve got spuds and onions now, but the green beans seem to be going backwards. The sprouts are coming along, we have tomatoes on the bush in the greenhouse and some pretty impressive swedes. The second lot of radishes are absent, the carrots very tufty but no bulk, and our parsnips are like matchsticks.

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  7. George says:


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  8. Such a beautiful and abundant garden. How fortunate you are that you have that much space to grow all your own food.

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  9. This is how we used to spend our summers – growing veges to eat, to preserve in various forms and to admire……. Tish-tosh to going off on holiday!!

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  10. Excellent produce, Geoff.

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  11. Lesley says:

    Wow, your efforts have brought great results!

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  12. willowdot21 says:

    Vegtastic, and dog , could we ask for more ๐Ÿ’œ

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  13. Seriously impressive! Unless youโ€™re Dog, of course.

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  14. arlingwoman says:

    Wow, I am seriously impressed. This is major staying away from the grocery store territory and it’s all beautiful produce. Do the purple mange tout cook up green? My friend Paul planted some purple beans and they turn green when I cook them.

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  15. M. L. Kappa says:

    Very rewarding! I can see Dog is fully pulling his weight!

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  16. Very well done. Making the best of the pandemic?

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  17. It all looks amazing – and all grown so aesthetically too ๐Ÿฅฐ Joyful ๐ŸŒฟ

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  18. Jennie says:

    Very impressive! Hard work pays off.

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  19. Pam Lazos says:

    Fantastic spread, Geoff. I’ll be over for lunch!

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  20. Widdershins says:

    There’s nothing like messing about in the vegetable patch! ๐Ÿ˜€

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