Friday, 26 August 2016

Day 239 - Homegrown Food

I thought it is about time that I listed the home grown food that we are eating just for the record, as it is now the part of the year that we are in full production in the tunnels and out on the Veggie Patch.

I may have to come back and add to the list if I spot something that I have forgotten ... it's hard to mentally walk round the growing veggies when I'm sat at my desk  ;-)

Still growing and being picked/dug up regularly:
Spring Onions
French Beans
Broad Beans

Nasturtium  (leaves and flowers)
Apples (eating and cooking)

Things that are now harvested and stored in the house:
Dried Herbs

Things that have finished for this year:
Red/White/Black Currants

Still to come, but almost ready:
Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Today is a No Spend Day
... and this explains why I am not having to do much shopping at the moment!


  1. Yes I can see why you don't have to , I am stilling learning we only have a small space here but I have been happy with my little lot of produce, I have got the growing bug now, We are just going to dig the last of the potatoes today and then pop in some cabbage plants with I got reduced to 50p at Wyevale, would be very grateful for any tips or ideas for me on what else needs planting or sowing now ?
    Best Wishes

  2. Wow...makes me long for a patch...nicely done!

  3. That is seriously impressive!

  4. Lots! Do you sell any produce as there's a lot to eat? There's just the 2 of us at home now and we can't keep up with the stuff we grow. No room in the freezer, so we just give it away. (We couldn't have a stall where we live - the honesty box would get nicked!!)

    1. No, we just pick what we want to eat as and when it's ready. I don't grow masses of each plant just small amounts successionally, so we always have some ready for us to eat. Anything that runs away with me a bit gets harvested anyway and fed to the chickens, which just goes to make their eggs all the richer and them happier chickens which lay us even more eggs :-)

  5. We on the prairies of Canada are slowly winding down our growing year. Strawberries, saskatoons, raspberries, peas, spinach, asparagus,, leaf lettuce are all about done. Though if we have a good fall, the spinach will come back. We are winding down on beans, except for those that need drying. We still have cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, corn and yet to come squashes, pumpkin. It is wonderful to be blessed with produce. Today I will be preserving plums, apples tomatoes and will freeze shredded zucchini for baking and adding to pasta dishes throughout the winter. Plums will be made into jam, syrup, and Asian plum sauce. Tomatoes will be made into spaghetti sauce and salsa Apples will be made into apple pie filling, applesauce, and some will go into a jam called harvest jam. Some will be frozen for Apple cakes, Love how you are making it through your challenge. I try to only spend $100 Canadian per month on groceries, cleaning supplies, paper products and hygiene.

  6. I've tried to grow purple sprouting broccoli without success, in the ground and in tubs. We get a few leaves then they get nibbled or the butterflies lay their eggs on them. Any tips as its one of my favourite veg?

    1. I am struggling too with butterfly eggs and then the emerging caterpillars, you just have to go round squashing the eggs or the caterpillars as you see them or buy a spray that will kill them and not affect the food.

      It does take a long time to grow PSB as it's the emerging 'flower spikes' that are the broccoli that we eat. But while it's growing you can pinch the odd leaf here and there to add to soups etc instead of cabbage ... it tastes just the same, and the odd leaf being taken won't harm your plant. Oh, and due to the size of each plant they do need LOADS of room to grow to their full potential. Mine are now over five foot tall and catching up quickly to the Sweetcorn that they are next too :-)


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