Thoughts from category: vegetables

eating in season - an innocent guide

We don’t just love fruit and veg professionally. We've got a few keen gardeners in Fruit Towers (Gareth even has an allotment) so we've put together a quick guide to what’s currently in season so, if you’re also thinking of growing your own, you’ll know the best place to start. 

It's good for you, it's good for the planet, it's more natural and, what's more, it's cheaper. Besides all that, it doesn't feel right eating strawberries when it's cold out. This is how it starts. One day you’re having strawberries when it’s below freezing, the next you’re celebrating Christmas in the sun and getting far too hot in your Father Christmas jumper. It’s not worth the trouble. Wait until summer for strawberries, it’s the only thing keeping your annual timeline intact. 

Veg growing cheat sheet

Vegetable growing in your own back garden/on your windowsill can be as tricky as it is tasty (we've all felt the innate sadness of a wilting cabbage). Thank goodness, then, for this beautiful infographic made by Anglian Home which tells you what goes where, when and how. You can't go wrong (well, you can, but maybe it'll be the good kind of wrong where all the tomatoes just turn out looking like trumpets). 

UK housing energy fact file infographic

Now, armed with your new veg growing knowledge, go forth and salad. We believe in you.

best in show

The allotment hut

Back in March, our SJ and her partner, Steph, took over a half plot on the Granville Park allotment site.

Their plot was overgrown, very weedy and in need of some love (and a lot of digging).

Couch grass mountain

Fast forward lots of hard graft to August and it’s now bursting with fruit, veg and a smart new shed.

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Our new shed

Last weekend, SJ and Steph entered their finest cauliflower (back row, second along), some courgettes and a giant potato into the annual Granville Allotment competition.

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Sadly, they didn’t win any prizes (mainly because the board was swept by old timers Derek, Sue (best flowers) and Granville (onions) but they got to pick up loads of tips, learn just how big an onion can grow and taste a lot of homemade jam.

Tea time

This is Granville's winning onion (his name has no influence over the competition whatsoever. Allegedly)

The winning giant onion

Steph did win the 'Guess the Weight of the Cake' cake, correctly guessing it weighted 6.2kg.

So they didn’t go home empty handed.

Guess the weight of the cake

Granville Park have been so impressed with SJ and Steph's efforts that they've since given them the other half plot next to theirs to tend.

Both SJ and Steph are now busy planning what to plant for next year, reading The Little Book of Slugs and figuring out how to whup Granville in 'Best Onion' next year.

If you're a green fingered sort and have any top tips on anything from broad bean husbandry through to clever planting or raised beds made easy, please post your tips below and SJ will try the best ones out.

You might even get a special invite along to next year's show (or a pot of homemade jam) by way of thanks.