The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

Harvest on fire!


It seems the runner beans are never ending now. Could it be because we planted a whole school fence worth? Bean curry anyone?

This is a pretty typical yeild these days. It’s been a gloriously successful summer, particularly for peas and beans. The Carouby de Maussane mangeout peas as well. They are worth a try. Pods as big as a grown-ups hands and very tasty in stirfry. The sugarsnap peas havent done so well. I planted the same amount as the mangetout but very little yield. In fact, I dont think I’ve gotten much yield off the sugarsnaps in many years.

The climbing french beans Goldfield are just fantastic. They’re prolific, sweet, great raw or cooked and look pretty. What more could you want. Definitly a new favourite.

I had read alot about fennel being difficult to grow and prone to bolting. Maybe luck was on my side but these were some of the easiest plants to tend on the school plot. They were in a semi-shaded position, aware from strong winds and on well-drained soil which has not been manured. I made sure to keep them moist and I’ve been rewarded with my efforts. Shame no one else likes to eat them but me!

Our first diddy toms! Good old Gardener’s Delight.

After much trial and error (I must emphasise the MUCH here), I finally got a small crop of basil…it only took 3 packets of seed for these 12 plants! Lesson learned. DO NOT WATER BASIL LEAVES!

Husband is cooking these lovely Arran Victory spuds as we speak. Not great yielders but fantatic white flesh and flavour. They do get people talking.

My two helpers today…

Just to show how tall the suckers are!! I cant remember what variety of sweetcorn these are they certainly are tall and have strange mutated bits (below!)

More blog posts by mebennet

Previous post: This is what happens when you let your 6 year-old sneek off with your camera!

Next post: Pumpkin patch tribulations



All your veg as done well, hope all goes well with different schools

8 Aug, 2009


Everything looks yummy in your veg patch must have green fingers!

8 Aug, 2009


Thanks fluff...but i must admit, i think alot of it is luck. its been a rather nice summer despite some rain in July....

8 Aug, 2009


Well I know beans like plenty of water & as we had that burst of summer back in June I suppose it gave them a good start. Typical the one year I didn't grow any!

8 Aug, 2009

Add a comment

Recent posts by mebennet

Members who like this blog

  • Gardening with friends since
    29 Mar, 2008

  • Gardening with friends since
    21 Jun, 2009

  • Gardening with friends since
    16 Feb, 2009