Vegetable Growing – one of my Favourite things to do!


Image credit: Carole Langman

This is a great time to be growing your own vegetables. Now that the frost is over, most can be planted outside. Today I am going to be planting my runner beans, courgettes, baby cucumbers and tomatoes. Some of you may have already planted yours, but here in Dartmoor, we are a little bit on the cooler side and I always wait until mid-May before planting out. I am a little bit later this year, but nevertheless, I am now ready to go!

I am fortunate enough to be given lots of baby plants, and therefore do not have to grow from seed. If I had the time, and a greenhouse of some description, I may well plant up my own seeds. But so far I have not been very successful at this stage, and therefore look elsewhere for baby plants. This year, my good friends Paul and Louise have supplied me with some lovely new plants. In past years, I have purchased from Hatherleigh Market. This is a wonderful little market for gardeners wanting to purchase a range of plants, vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees… at very reasonable prices!

My ground is ready, having been weeded, mulched, wood ash’ed, and tenderly prepared for the last few months. The lovely Eliza has helped me to take out the rocks and stones, with her favourite new garden tool, her rake. Sticks have been put in place for the runner beans, and I am ready to go.

So far I have not been successful at growing tomatoes. The problems I have had have included blight, a horrible disease, which has attacked my tomatoes and potatoes in the past. Perhaps one of the biggest problems, however, has been my lack of knowledge on how to grow tomatoes. Previous times I have planted in pots, thinking that the plants would be more manageable. Instead, they outgrew the pots and ended up with little fruit. This time I hope by planting them out in the garden, at least they will have a chance to grow and develop.

I will keep you posted on how things develop and grow…

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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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