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Vegetables

We have always grown our own vegetables since we had our first garden that was large enough, That was in 1968 when we moved to a village in Nottinghamshire called Farnsfield, we do not follow the modern fashion in gardening and only use organic methods of cultivation in both flower and vegetable production, but  a mix of each method according to needs.

 We are fortunate in that the local farmer dumps some of his surplus farmyard manure in the field next to us so we have a good supply for use as a mulch and for digging in where possible. All kitchen and garden waste is composted and supplements the manure

No vegetables had been grown in this garden for many years so a vegetable garden had to be established. This was formed by digging three rectangular areas, two approximately 16' x 12' (these were to be the actual areas for vegetables) and one 16' square in which to grow soft fruit inside a cage or else the birds would get it all, the fruits grown are:- Raspberries, Tayberries, Black & Redcurrants, and two varieties of strawberries, Hapil (early) and Symphony (mid season)

The planting in the two vegetable plots is rotated each year, plot one will have manure dug into it in the autumn and planted with potatoes in the spring (first early--"Rocket" in late Feb) and (second early--"Kestrel" in mid March, psst, the slugs don't like these.). The potatoes are followed by the brassicas, usually Sprouting Broccoli, Curly Kale, Summer and Red cabbage.

Plot 2 is limed and fertilizer and is used for all the other vegetables , these usually consist of :-

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Cos lettuce

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Broad beans

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Early peas

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Garlic

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Red & white onion sets

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Runner beans

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Carrots

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Parsnips

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Beetroot

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Leaf beet (perpetual spinach)

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 Leeks

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Shallots

 

The greenhouse is used during the summer to raise and grow, Tomatoes, Melons, Capsicum (sweet peppers) and Chili peppers, three plants of the latter are sufficient to last us all year as they dry and keep well without loosing any flavour or potency.

A small herb plot is used to grow, Sage, Rosemary, Parsley, Mint, Chives, Oregano and Coriander.

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