Monday, 5 October 2020

Feeding Myself From the Garden - The up to date list

I've been keeping a note of what's been produced from the garden this year. Surprised myself at just how much there is when it's written in a long list like this!

So  this is the  up to date list of what one 'not quite old woman' can produce from a garden..................

All these are finished now

  • Lettuces (I tried to get some more going but they just ran to seed - too hot I think)
  • Rocket and small beetroot leaves as salad leaves
  • A few asparagus spears
  • lots of rhubarb
  • A surprising amount of strawberries from 6 new plants and a few from the old bed.
  • 3lb of gooseberries
  • Lots of raspberries and 3lb put in the freezer
  • 2lb Redcurrants
  • Few mange-tout peas  - put in the freezer
  • Green beans  - some put in the freezer
  • 2 small Calabrese heads.
  • 2 small cauliflowers 
  • Figs 
  • Courgettes
  • Aubergines
  • Cucumbers
  • Plums
  • Runner beans - my late sowing seed experiment  worked until the wind blew them over a week ago. I salvaged some to eat last weekend and this week but that will be it for this year
  • I can see lots of weeding to do sometime!

    Still eating

  • Last of the tomatoes from greenhouse
  • Almost the last of the potatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Onions 
  • Cooking Apples (Lots have gone into freezer)
  • A few Eating Apples
  • Few peppers left in the greenhouse (lots in the freezer)
  • Pears

 Still to come

  • 4 Cabbages - If they've survived the butterflies
  • Brussels sprouts ditto
  • A few Leeks

I could do better - there are things that can be sown regularly - like lettuce and I meant to say weeks ago that my trial of growing new tomato plants from the side shoots didn't work. Each potted-up side shoot grew - at a great rate - until they were about two  or three feet tall, very spindly and no sign of any flower trusses! So I chucked them out.

Now it's almost time to decide what to grow next year. 

Back Tomorrow


  1. That is such an impressive, and diverse, list. Well done!

  2. Well done Sue l read a tip you put old panty hose over the small cabbages and that helps.
    Best wishes Marie

  3. That is a seriously impressive list of food. What a triumph!

    1. Ithink you've done equally well on your allotment

  4. You’ve done very well you seem to freeze a lot do you have a chest freezer. Heather

    1. Yes - in the garage - a good sized one - I'd be lost without it

  5. Not bad at all for a 'not quite old woman' :-)

    1. Decided I was completely OLD after all!

    2. Never ... that would make me 'nearly old' and I am most certainly not ;-)

  6. That's a massive amount of food. We hope to do better on the allotment next year, it's been a very big learning curve this first year!

    1. I've been growing stuff forever so know the fun you will have

  7. That's an impressive list. We'll be eating the last of our fresh beetroot this evening. The tomatoes have been a bit of a disappointment this year. X

  8. Bob Flowerdew on Gardeners Questiontime recommended growing tomato plants from the side shoots but he hasn’t reported any resulting fruit!

    1. Lots of people told me about it - but it was a fail here

  9. You have been well rewarded for all your work. And not only have you saved money on buying food you have much healthier food to eat!

  10. What a load of rubbish up there! Well done for your produce this year.

  11. Very well done. I envy you your greenhouse.

    God bless.

    1. I would be lost without one after so many years

  12. It is so satisfying growing your own food, and you have done well producing so much from your plot.

    1. I'm pleased - looks good written in a long list

  13. Good job! We harvested a few zucchini, onions, potatoes (lots!) and I'm still picking tomatoes. I picked a 5-gallon bucket full this evening. I've canned many pints this summer and I should can these into juice this weekend. There are still quite a lot of green ones that I hope will ripen.
    I also harvested my basil, rosemary & thyme. I will be potting the rosemary and thyme and will winter them at my office in town where there are nice big sunny windows.