For no better reason than I am so chuffed that I actually grew vegetables, lettuces and cucumbers in this, the first summer after moving in. Showing off, in other words, although none of them are ever going to win any prizes. I don’t actually have a vegetable plot, because I have turned everything over to flowers, shrubs and a small orchard, so these were grown in pots on a small south-facing side-patio.
The marrow speaks for itself (my fourth so far). At the back, the little yellow globes are cucumbers (I promise you). At the front is one of many golden beetroot, which have the lovely earthy taste of purple beetroot, perhaps a little more subtle, but don’t leak colour into everything you eat. I like them steamed or roasted. Once steamed, they are great cold too, with vinaigrette.
The salad and vegetable plants, except for the globe cucumbers, were all bought as tiny plugs from Bellis in Holt, but my goodness they grew! The cucumbers were bought from the Grosvenor garden centre. All were planted in general purpose compost, with mycorrhizal and bonemeal (in a ratio of 1:3 handfuls) placed in the hole in the compost before the plant was added. Then slow-release plant food was scattered over the top.
I have grown herbs outside in pots for years, as well as nasturtiums. The ones above are lollo rosso and little gem. Oregano, marjoram, mint, thyme and particularly lovage and the fluffy bits of fennel foliage make for a really special salad. The round nasturtium leaves and flowers are excellent in salads, and their seeds are a little like capers. I have also grown lettuces in the past, but not on such a grand scale.
Feeling rather pleased with myself 🙂