First growing things

We’re not going to grow too much this first year, but we’ve been in the house for 6 days now, are mostly unpacked, and we’ve walked the land (through the mud and snow). I’m ready to start, so I’ve ordered:

  • Jersey Royals (aka International Kidney)
  • Tomatoes – Aviditas and Santorange (mini tomatoes)
  • Cucumber – Mini Star
  • Aubergine – Scorpio
  • French climbing beans – Cobra
  • Sweetcorn – Vanilla Sweet
  • Peas – Ambassador
  • Pepper – Chelsea (yellow)
  • Spring onions – red & white mixed
  • Maincrop onions – Rumba, Fen Early and Red Fen
  • Courgette – Goldmine
  • Spaghetti squash

Some will go in the polytunnel. The sweetcorn will go in a block outside. The spuds will go in potato bags. The climbing beans will grow up tripods of canes. The rest we’ll just wing it and see where we end up. Results may be unpredictable, as there’s a rabbit warren under and around the polytunnel (a bunny shot out the door the other day), but there’s also a den of foxes at the far end of our land (so our nice new neighbours tell us as they’ve lost breed chickens to them), so who knows. Next on the list will be a raised herb bed by the kitchen door for the more usual stuff like basil and coriander; the previous owner left us 10 types of mint, and some lovely sage on the front bank (and the gnarliest cactus ever with some sad aspidistras in the greenhouse). Might do another raised trug on the patio for salad leaves.


4 thoughts on “First growing things

  1. Wow you seem to be making real good progress already, well done.

    Just a little tip you might find useful regarding growing salad leaves like lettuce. If you get the “cut and come again” varieties like Lollo Rosso etc. they are great if there are only 2 of you for supper. With varieties like that you can just pick off a certain amount of leaves at a time and they will continue to grow for around another 4 cuts. We find these great because we certainly don’t need to pick a whole lettuce for just the two of us here and also prefer our lettuce to be freshly picked each meal time and not have supper from a lettuce that has been stuck in the fridge for a week which has been difficult to use up.

    Another tip which you might find useful to know is you will always get a glut of tomatoes around their main harvest time. The spare can be frozen in bags and used throughout the winter for meals. You can add them to sauces, soups and are delicious with Basil on toast for a healthy lunchtime snack. You would definitely not like them raw as they do not taste the same once they have been frozen.

    Anyway happy harvesting when all you are growing is ready to pick. We think that’s the best bit, the sampling from all of the hard work :0)

    Jojo x


    1. Thanks JoJo – there are 4 of us, and my stepdaughter eats rocket like it’s going out of fashion. I’ve just ordered two raised trugs – one for annual herbs and one for leaves. We had an allotment and grew stuff in our back garden. Planning to make a lot of pasta sauce!


  2. Hello 🙂 I’m glad I’ve been directed to your new blog, I was following your progress elsewhere having recently gone through the painful moving process myself… I’ve started a new blog to track my adventures too so I’m looking forward to reading yours!

    I have great plans to start up my veg plot when I’m off work over Easter – we’re currently snowed *out* of our house, having been snowed *in* for nearly a week as soon as we moved. Very ready for this weather to get a bit warmer. We have no polytunnel though sadly, so first step is to acquire a greenhouse and get sowing in there.

    Good luck with your rabbits. We’ve not seen any yet but we have seen a hare nearly every day we’ve been there. Not sure what they’re like for pinching vegetables!

    Jenni x


    1. Thanks Jenni – good luck with your growing plans and your new house! I am informed by bunny owners that the wild ones will eat what they fancy and dig and stamp on the rest of the stuff, so this may be a longstanding war. We’ll start by digging over the interior of the polytunnel which will disturb some of their exits. Maybe we and the foxes can persuade them to go elsewhere, and the we can work on encouraging the foxes to depart as well.


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