Reaping the Rewards – Veggie Update III

Having dragged myself away from the nest of the spotted flycatcher it was back to the gardening with The Sage. The leeks needed thinning out along with spring onions, shallots and celery, while the second lot of peas needed staking. I can’t believe I am growing celery as it is about the only food (along with Christmas pudding) that I don’t like. Just hope the wife and the Sages are feeling hungry. Of course weeding also had to be undertaken, the perpetual bane of an amateur gardener

After all the planting we are now starting to really reap the rewards. I ate a delicious sweet strawberry straight off the vine (at this rate none will make it onto a dessert plate) while a couple of broad bean pods were opened and the sweet tender beans inside devoured as we discussed if there was anything better than eating this produce at the site of production. At the end of the day, the Hound was loaded into the car along with lettuce, spinach, radishes and shallots. The radishes have a great bite to them, so best to slice thinly.

A tasty bite
A tasty bite

Finally, many thanks to the very helpful blogger Victoria Photography for suggesting companion planting for the plot. So far I have really struggled with buying nasturtiums but hope to remedy this and get some protection for the brassicas. Should brighten up the patch a bit too as well as distract the Cabbage White butterflies which are proving to be frequent visitors. May be the spotted flycatchers could take on some bigger prey and really help us out.

13 thoughts on “Reaping the Rewards – Veggie Update III

  1. Ha, flattery will get you everywhere. Thank you.
    Seriously, you do have a knack for still life. Keep up the good work! Hope to see more…

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    1. Thanks so much. Praise like this coming from a ‘real’ photographer is really appreciated. Took my first still life at the end of last year in a night class and thought I’d take the same approach with the freshly pulled radishes. Cheers Big Ganga.

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  2. You’re killing me – I’m currently living a VERY urban life here in Hyderabad and with the blazing summer heat just now abating, there’s little growing in our little school garden – reading your postings and following the progress of your garden makes me yearn for my plot of (currently neglected) raised beds back home in the states – well at least I can vicariously (or is that virtually?) enjoy some fresh picked veggies raised with love and care…. thanks! and by the way, companion planting is absolutely the way to go!

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  3. Strawberries always will taste best straight from the garden. It’s an irresistible temptation. Your radishes look as though they’ve just been arranged by an Old Master, ready to begin a painting.

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    1. Well I have to confess the photo was taken in the study having stuck up a couple of pieces of card and using a lamp for light. I can assure you though that the goods are from our plot. Have a good week and thanks for the comments. MM 🍓

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  4. Those radishes look devine.
    Sounds like the harvest will be a good one for quite some time.

    I have the perfect Companion Planting book and enjoy reading it very much as it reminds me of my Mother’s and Grandmother’s productive gardens. Alas, I have no veggie garden to use the advice given (in the book), but am forever suggesting its tips to those who do (have pests in the veggie patch) – lol.

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    1. Yeah, its looking good, but plenty of time to go and hurdles to leap…It’s funny I do now recall my Dad’s veg plot being surrounded by orange nasturtiums. Cheers for comments. MM 🌿

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