#Veg

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I feel a little behind with my veg growing this year.  Mostly because I was moving house mid April and there were far too many other things to concern myself with.  I did manage a few seeds in trays but not much.

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Last year, you may recall, I planted potatoes in late July. The aim was to nurture them until Christmas and have home grown, freshly dug-up potatoes.

Sadly that did not go too well.

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The courgette season continues and my plants show no sign of ceasing their endless production line of these little marrows. Having tried all the usual recipes I am becoming a little more adventurous.

Today it was the turn of an afternoon tea loaf - nothing nicer than a slice of something sweet with a cup of tea or coffee, while sitting in the garden.

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The day has finally arrived; the potatoes are coming out of the ground.  Long before machinery was available the local school kids would get a week off school to help the farmer with the harvest. To this day some of our local schools still get a holiday and refer to it as tattie pickin' week.

I think my sixteen plants do not warrant hoards of children to assist me.

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At this time of year everyone seems to have a courgette glut -- too many of the little marrows and just not enough ideas on what to do with them.

I've stir-fried, baked and grilled them. Of course the easy option is to use them in some kind of soup, so here is my really simple, and surprisingly tasty, soup.  Best of all it is coeliac friendly for anyone who is gluten intolerant. 

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This is my third update to the initial courgette post, and what an exciting journey it has been for me.  It started out as a great unknown but has developed into a plant that just keeps giving.

I can not believe how much these little plants crop!

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It's clear that chilli plants (or mine at least) are very slow growing and in no rush to progress.  It seems like eons ago I threw some chilli seeds in a pot and expected a minor miracle in a matter of weeks.

Literally I put five unknown chilli seeds into a tiny pot of compost and diligently tended to their every need!

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It's official, all my purple sprouting broccoli has bolted.

Early in July there was clear signs a few broccoli were bolting, but they have all raced ahead and produced a wonderful display of flowers, much to my disappointment.

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Recently I read about late/second cropping potatoes and the possibility of fresh potatoes in October. Further reading suggested I could have them as late as December with some careful management of the crop. Imagine being able to dig up and serve home grown potatoes over the Christmas period.

I jumped online and placed my order.

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I planted my potatoes quite late, I think!  They have been in for nine weeks but have grown at a phenomenal rate.  The potato bed now looks very busy, almost as if they are all vying for attention.

I've been reading up on when they should be harvested, and also seeking advice from fellow gardeners via the social networks.