The Veg Garden Begins

Sowing the seeds of veg

In what’s becoming a terribly common trend in my work / life habits, this year’s veg patch has me wondering if I’ve bit off a little more than I can chew.

This afternoon, in my first little exercise in Gardening 2011, I listed everything I wanted to grow, when they needed to be sown, and what I’ve got to grow things in. For a newbie gardener, the list seems a bit long:


  • Dunbar Rover
  • Highland Burgundy
  • Pink Fir Apple


  • Jalapeno
  • Red Cherry
  • Serrano
  • Red fresno peppers
  • Pepperoncinis


  • ‘Latah’ Very Early Red Tomato
  • ‘Gold Medal’ Bicolour Tomato
  • ‘Costuluto Genovese’ Vine Tomato


  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro


  • Mizuna
  • Rocket
  • Mixed Lettuce

Other Fruit / Veg:

  • French Beans
  • ‘Leaf Beet’ Chard / Perpetual Spinach
  • ‘Paris pickling’ cucumber
  • Radish
  • Melon

Ambitious? Probably. But I can’t seem to stop myself. Earlier in the year I decided to grow potatoes again, plus some more suitably English produce like French beans and perpetual spinach, verses last year’s garden which consisted entirely of Mediterranean-type veggies (tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers).

But once I started shopping for seeds, I just couldn’t stop. I’m a huge fan of The Real Seed Catalogue, whose entries read better than most novels. And then I discovered Wiggly Wigglers, who sells funky “heritage” varieties of potatoes – how could I resist the variety pack?

Seed potatoes

So, whatever, I’m just going to go for it. One step at a time. Today’s step: planning and seed sowing.

Overly ambitious

I created a spreadsheet listing all of the veg I want to grow with the dates when things should be sown and what I plan to sow them in. Click here to view the spreadsheet if you’re so inclined.

I also did a little garden evaluation to see if anything survived from last year. The strawberries are looking a little said, but I hope they’ll perk up over the next few months.

The state of the strawberries

Same for the mint and oregano.

Hangers on

I’m excited about this year’s garden, but overwhelmed by my next task: clean up the garden itself. It’s not a terrible mess – just a lot of weeding, and raking to do. The major thing I’m stumped by is what to do about this:

Clay oven implosion

That is what remains of the clay oven. It imploded a few months ago and I’ve been putting off the task of cleaning it up. I mean, how do you dispose of this sort of thing?

I’m planning to use the bricks to create a raised bed along the far wall, along the gate you see behind the oven. But its the huge pile of clay/sand that I’m not sure what to do with. Any ideas?

Click here to view a spreadsheet of my Gardening 2011 plan

3 thoughts on “The Veg Garden Begins

  1. Jes

    On no! Poor clay oven!

    But hooray for seed starting! I've got mine going and a veg list far longer than it should be for a newbie too. But hey, maybe something will come out of it all. I hope 🙂

  2. Choclette

    Goodness, you're very organised. It's a great way to start. Also good to try a few different things. One of the things you learn as a seasoned gardener is that each year is different and some things will do well and others not so well. Our gardening is much more haphazard but the aim is to be as organised as you. Good Luck.


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