Spuds!

I grew potatoes for the first time this year. It wasn’t difficult at all: drilled drainage holes in the bottom of a rubbish bin, added a layer of big stones, some soil, and three chitted potatoes. They grew really quickly and it was just a case of adding another layer of soil every week or so.

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I’ll have to admit that I was expecting to have a bigger harvest, but it’s not bad for a first attempt.

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We also tried to get a veggie garden up and running, with mixed success so far. We followed the advice from a great book, called Square Metre Gardening, that makes it almost foolproof.  That huge plant sprawling halfway across the garden will hopefully soon give birth to some pumpkins.

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The big tomatoes are taking their time with ripening.

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The cherry tomatoes are really tasty.

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We managed to get a decent crop of little courgettes from a potted plant, and there are a couple of little aubergines developing nicely in the raised bed.

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Not bad for a first effort. But we’ll be hoping for more in 2014.