Veg Patch

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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Feeding my Addiction

Regular readers will know that I have a secret. I am addicted to seeds. I cant buy enough of them and find it impossible to resist a new flower, or interesting packet. I have recently found a new way of indulging myself, collecting seeds from plants I have grown. 

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I was drying plants to get the seeds. Now some of them are dry and it was ready to harvest them . First was the corriander

And then the Malope. These were interesting little seed pods, very pretty 

I have lots more drying to store away in the next few weeks

In the Veg Patch the Nasturtiums are starting to drop seeds everywhere. Now these, I pick up and throw away. They are industrious plants and grow in any nock or cranny and I don't want them to invade the patch. I have spent the summer picking out little seedlings growing from all the ones I missed last year. 

The squash bed had loads of nasturtium, now as the seeds are dropping and the foliage of the squash is dying it is leaving little patches of fruits and seeds. 

The last of the flowers are setting seed in the cut flower patch. The Winston Churchill sweet peas are still trying to flower even though most of the stems are now brown. 

The Bells of Ireland are the last plant still looking fresh and healthy. They have a really interesting little white bit that looks like a small orchid inside the bells. 

My last delivery of Nematodes arrived on Friday and the brassicas are still in need of protection, so it was once again time to take the covers off. The 1 Nasturtium plant I popped in there was taking over and there was also a bit of a smell of rotting cabbages coming from a couple that had gone to seed. 

This was one of the smelly cabbages. 

I pulled out 4 and the chickens has a wonderful time eating as much as possible. 

The bed looked a whole lot tidier and smelled much nicer once I had finished. I gave them a good dose of nematode. Hopefully next month I shall start to eat them. 

I did find one huge slug under the edge of the Nasturtiums. I haven't seen one as big as this all summer. He has obviously been having a nice snack somewhere

He was soon dispatched. 

I planted some spring cabbage a week or so ago and they are now growing . If you look closely at the leaves you will se something has been nibbling them. They therefore also got a good dose of nematodes and were then tucked up snuggly under a tunnel, to prevent big Bob and fat Dave, the resident Pidgeon's from having a snack. 

The Onion seeds are also growing, although nowhere near big enough to be planted out yet. 

It is wonderful to see stuff growing even at this time of year. In the cut flower patch I planted a few rows of seeds to give me some early spring plants. It will be interesting to see if they grow. I am actually going on a workshop day next month to learn a bit more about growing flowers which I am really looking forward too. 

Finally the Chillies. They are all now reddening nicely, and we have sampled all of them . The chilli trial Number 5 plants have produced hundreds of little red fruits. I was sure they were going to be mild as they are really small. Wrong. After popping a fairly large chunk in my mouth, I instantly regretted it. Good grief ( Not what I actually said) thats hot!! 

Next to be tried was the rude chilli (You know the one I mean). I was a little dissapointed with the shape of the ripe fruits on the first bush. They didn't look like the picture on the pack. They certainly have a good kick though. 

Because these are the only ripe ones, I hadn't been paying too much attention to the fruits on the two other rude chilli bushes. But the other day I had a good look at the fruits. Queue lots of sniggering. Finally I had some that looked exactly as advertised. When they are ripe they will look even better. 

I have so many ripe fruits on all my plants now, I have splashed out and bought myself a Dehydrator , it should arrived next week so I shall be able to dry and store loads of chilli for the winter. 

Whilst sitting on the greenhouse floor yesterday taking chilli pictures, I looked up and was struck with how pretty these sungold tomatoes looked against the lovely blue sky

Well thats it from the garden for this week. Things are certainly slowing down now, but hopefully I shall still have things to write about over the next month or so. 

Gibson has had a wonderful summer but has found the beach a bit busy for his liking. Thankfully this week the kids went back to school and suddenly we have our beach back. here he is enjoying his solitude again. 

and finally last blog I mentioned we were going to a classic car workshop open day. They had some amazing machines but I think this one was my favourite, I could just see myself driving along in this little beauty

Have a great week. 


  1. I hope it's cabbages you are going to eat and not nematodes! :)

    I bet you get plenty of nasturtiums without sowing any yourself. Once you've grown them you are stuck with them. Have you every pickled the seed pods?

    1. I have got a recipe for pickling the seeds but its very low on my list of things to do at the moment.

  2. I really enjoy seeing your garden and the colorful flowers you have growing! Wish I were a little better about planting flowers, because they do add so much beauty to the yard and garden!

    1. Just throw a few seeds around and see what happens :)

  3. Once you start collecting seeds, you don't come back from really is addicting!

    Your dog (Gibson?) is absolutely gorgeous! I love that face!

    1. Thanks he is a bit of a charmer.. :) I have so many seeds already I dont have anywhere to plant most of them, but I cant stop collecting them ..

  4. Beautiful garden!! I love the mix of flowers and veggies!!

  5. Those seeds look a lot like blackberries. How interesting! Love the mix of things in your garden.

  6. I grew that chili last year. The greenhouse that sold the plant called it a Hot Poppa. The ones I grew had about the same Scovilles as a Jalapeno.

    1. I would love to type the real name as its very amusing but last time I did that I attracted a lot of readers who were not looking for a gardening blog :) They are very hot. I shall have to look up the scoville rating for them

  7. gorgeous, thanks for linking up today

  8. Another seed addict, welcome to the club! LOL

    Gibson is such a handsome guy. (The slug is NOT). And the garden looks great too.

  9. Your garden is looking lovely! I love saving, and sharing my seeds with friends and family! My mom is already asking me for seeds from my big squash this week.

  10. What a fine garden!! Say hello to Gibson for me. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  11. Do the nematodes work on the plants or in the soil? Your green tunnels are interesting. I used plastic TunLCovers for season extenders but those just keep out insects? Do you just save the coriander seeds to replant or do you grind some to use as a spice? I enjoyed your garden photos.

    1. Hi Hannah

      you water the powder which contains the nematodes into the soil. They become worms and eat all the slugs. They have worked beautifully all summer. I have had the odd slug on my lettuce but they were so tiny. The biggest one I have seen all year is the one that was outside of the bed hiding in the Nasturtiums.

      The green tunnels protect from bigger insects and birds that want to eat my seedling and Yes I do grind some of the seeds and keep others for replants. . Glad you like the photos


  12. Everything is looking very good ! It has been a fantastic season here for lots of things but mainly TOMATOES ( tomato and mozzarella salad again for tea !!)

    The joy of collecting your own seed is tremendous, isn't it ? I feel like a virtuous little squirrel, salting them away for a rainy (Spring) day !

  13. I enjoyed visiting your garden and learning about beneficial nematodes, and a new, to me, plant...Malope trifida. Thanks for sharing.
    Visiting from Outdoor Wednesday.