Thursday, 1 August 2013

How does your garden grow? - Summer Hol's Edition

From the allotment - yellow squash, courgettes, french beans, broad beans, spinach, beetroot, gooseberries and raspberries
I’ve not managed to join in with this linky in the last few weeks, but I’ve had fun looking at the other gardens.  They are an inspiration. 

Over at Mrs Fox’s HQ the garden and allotment, have been doing well due mostly to the sensational weather rather than my diligence.  We have been reaping the rewards with yummy scrummy fresh food.   Today I cancelled my Abel and Cole order for the next 4 weeks; "Yes!" I love it when I get to this time of year.

I am a more dedicated gardener when the reward is food.  Although, I have to say, my allotment is anything but pretty, unlike Mamasauras’ grandad’s veggie garden, which is a sight to behold.  My newest little herb patch is perhaps the prettiest thing to look at.

mint, marjoram, thyme, lemon balm, chives, 
I think it really important to teach my children where their food comes from, as well as introduce them to the wonderful tastes of unadulterated fresh fruit and veggies.  I blog more about that here, on a post where you can also win a copy of Belle & Boo And The Yummy Scrummy Day.

So, that is what I have to show you this week, all the yummy scrummy food growing in our gardens...

raspberries;


blackcurrants;


potatoes - most of the flowers are dead so we'll be eating them soon;


On the studio balcony are yellow squash, challenging the courgette's in the allotment for most productive..


and winter squash that are not ready yet but hidden under all that foliage are the gourds.


Our grape vine has gone mad this year, huge quantity of grapes and crazy amount of leaves. The vine climbs over a pergola that creates a wonderful shady space in the centre of the garden that the little foxes have been using as their studio for their outdoor arts and crafts.  And we use the vine leaves to make dolma. 



I've also an eye to the future, on or dog walks we are scouting out our autumn scrumping sites, I’ve been watching the damsons for months...


21 May 2013
29 July 2013
Blackberries are mostly still green and hard but we spotted one...


All in all I am loving this summer holiday with the little foxes in the garden, playing, making, eating and enjoying the sunshine.  How's it going for you?





Mammasaurus - How Does Your Garden Grow?

14 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I was pleased with what we have produced this year. we have grown gooseberries for the first time but would love to grow more soft fruits like black currants etc.

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    1. The blackcurrants are my favourite, wonderful because they are easy to grow, not so easy to get in the shops and they freeze really well. So we can still be eating blackcurrant and apple crumble in January.

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  2. Wow what an fabulous selection of vegetables - the yellow squash is just incredible! It must be such a good feeling to cancel your Abel & Cole order for 4 weeks and eat your own. Your herb patch is looking great too and I love that your blackberries are coming. Enjoy that time with the little Fox's and thank you for linking up with #howdoesyourgardengrow

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    1. Thanks Charly, I'm think I'm finally getting the division between what I grow in the garden and what is in the allotment right this year - it's only taken 4 years.

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  3. Wow, what a great haul of fresh produce! It all looks fantastic, and as you say, brilliant to get the kids involved, too. I'm about to get my own little herb patch going, and I'll be delighted if it ends up looking like yours :-)

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    1. I also have herbs all round the garden in pots and heard my son introducing each of them to one of his school friends a few weeks ago, made me very happy.

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  4. Your garden is beautiful. I'm jealous of all your lovely fruit! I'd love to grow gooseberries in my garden. You said your allotment isn't pretty but I think vegetable gardens are pretty in their own way. Fresh tasty produce is just as good as a garden full of prize winning flowers :)

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    1. Thanks Gemma, don't get me wrong I think veggie gardens can be gorgeous, but, my allotment is not. There just isn't the time. I dream of a big garden with a veggie patch so that I would have the time to make it more aesthetically pleasing.

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  5. Wow! What a harvest you have there :)) xx

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  6. what a brilliant allotment haul that is! I would love an allotment but would have to do it at night as no spare time!! Gorgeous fruit, we have blackberries and apples in the garden but must plant a blackcurrant bush! x

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    1. I love my allotment, but, this year may be my last as I'm not sure I can manage it really. Louis starts school in September so I'm going to see how I do next year and if I can't fit it in then I may as well give it up. Very sad.

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  7. how wonderful!!! and i agree, i think it is so important to teach the children where food is coming from and to eat healthy. our Lily always loves to eat the tomatoes right off the vines and the herbs right off the garden

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    1. I do think my kids have a pretty good attitude to food, they will try most things and love their fruit and veggies, and I really think the garden and allotment have helped nurtured this.

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