Busy Bees

Busy Bees

summer 2012

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Rocket… went to seed

Rocket... went to seed

summer 2012

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Penstemon, Rosemary

Penstemon, Rosemary

summer 2012

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Strawbs

Strawbs

from summer 2012

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Our garden, summer 2012

Our garden, summer 2012

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Fallow No More!

Vegetabloggle has been lying fallow for long enough, and I’m determined to start up again – five whole years after I last posted! A quick update: We’re living in our third house in Oxford – We stayed briefly in a small house with a backyard, but we were there for just a year so although a small amount of gardening was done, most of the time was spent battling the local cats who seemed to think all the digging was for their benefit *sigh*. Then we moved to a flat with no garden – so I bought a bean-sprouter and grew herbs on the windowsill. We’ve now been in our own flat for two years and it’s on the ground floor with it’s own patch of garden, a bit bigger than the balcony we started off with. Pictures to follow.

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Edibles

These radishes are a bit small – they have all been mainly leaf and no root…. something to do with how much I water them? And the leaves aren’t too tasty – a bit hairy and bitter *eurgh*

This bowl contains perpetual spinach/chard and can be eaten raw in a salad or added to dishes like spinach, to wilt down. It has probably been my most successful crop. The cress (polycress) on top is another easy-to-grow salad leaf, and it grows really quickly.

This photograph shows some not-quite-ready-yet rockst leaves, growing in one of those metal take-away containers. The rocket tastes peppery and is easy to grow and it can be grown in something as simple as this container, which can be reused. Much better than those plastic bags full of chlorine-rinsed leaves.

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