Idiosyncratic veg growing in the vicar's garden AND in an allotment in the village. A "how not to" guide...

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Oh dear it's been a long time since any of us have managed to write anything. Mea culpa. We've eaten our way through most of the gluts - runner beans, anyone?! - and made all sorts of chutney and jam. Julia's even attempted wine, I think. Now, though, the days are drawing in and it's time to uproot this season's old stuff and to get thinking about soil management and crop rotation. We spent a couple of hours at the allotment this morning digging up the old tomato plants, runner beans and courgettes. We came away with a surprise crop of raspberries (it seems they're autumn-fruiting after all!), a few round courgettes and a cabbage.

The cabbages have been one of our key successes this summer; so much so that we won a second prize at the village show with our mighty specimen. It was in the "Any Other Vegetable" class, so was beaten by a fine ear of sweetcorn, but was by far and away the best cabbage there. We were smug. Oh yes.

Ready to show

Chilling in the fridge!


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