What we’re growing in our small, city garden: August 2017

It’s been a couple of months since I updated the blog about my garden and what a change since May. We are now fully into the summer harvest, with some of our fruit and veg already over for the year. Lots more to come, though, so thought I’d share how everything has done…

What I'm growing in my small city garden - strawberries

Strawberries – still my favourite. It felt like they were super early this year. We had LOADS of strawberries for about two weeks and then they’ve ended. But they’re sending out shoots left right and centre, and I’m trying to train them to grow along the edges of our garden path, so next year we should have even more, all being well.

What I'm growing in my small city garden - raspberries

Raspberries – this is the third year for our raspberry cane and it was make or break for it. It hasn’t yielded much in the past and it takes up a fair bit of space when it gets to this time of year. The good news it, it’s done WAY better than in the past. We actually had a handful of berries every week, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it feels as though it’s earned its place in the garden. The variety we have are these black ones, and they are incredible – they really do taste like haribo! Sadly, Theo loves them, so I haven’t had very many!

What I'm growing in my small city garden - tomatoes

Tomatoes – I thought we had bought gardeners’ delight, but turns out we’ve got some yellow tomatoes. They are delicious and our tomato plants seem to have formed a jungle at the bottom of the garden. I expect we’ll be eating fresh tomatoes every day for weeks to come, and will still have loads of green ones once the plants die down. Really successful year for us. Planting them in a bed, rather that in a pot, seems to have made them go a bit crazy, but in a good way.

What I'm growing in my small city garden - dill

Dill – How pretty are dill flowers? I had no idea. We grew these from seed and they’ve taken off really well. I’m interested to see if they survive winter or whether we need to replant them next year, but very handy to have it in the garden.

Lettuce – Nope. We had one successful lettuce and then some bastard animal came and pulled it out. My grandmother-in-law suggested planting some now in the empty potato beds, so I’ve tried again. Fingers crossed.

Potatoes – Two plants left to dig up (out of four that we planted). Digging out potatoes has got to go on my list of the World’s Most Satisfying Ways to Get One’s Hands Dirty. The variety we have this year isn’t as good as the ones we got last year, in terms of flavour, but still buttery and delicious when eaten the same day they’re pulled out of the ground.

What I'm growing in my small city garden - squash and potatoes

Squash & pumpkin – Sadly I accidentally pulled the squash plant up early when I got a bit carried away pulling one of the potato plants out. So we ate those when they were small. They were still really tasty though. This is the variety we planted. We also planted some pumpkins, which are ready and waiting in the garden, but I haven’t decided what I want to do with them yet. Any recipe suggestions?

What I'm growing in my small city garden - pumpkins

Broad beans – We grew broad beans as a little science experiment so Theo could see the roots emerging and plant coming out. I didn’t fully expect to actually plant it out, so was pleased that it delivered a few delicious beans, even if it was only a handful.

What I'm growing in my small city garden - broad beans

Garlic – This took me by surprise, as I hadn’t planted any. I saw the shoots growing, and assumed they were shallots that hadn’t worked out very well last year. I left them, as oniony things are meant to be good companion plants with tomatoes. Turns out, it was garlic! Now I’ve got a bunch hanging in the shed, and we’re good for garlic for the rest of the year.

And that’s it for this year! Things we have all year round, like mint and thyme and sage seem to be doing well (too well, when it comes to the sage – I actually want to pull the plant up, but can’t get it out as the roots have gone in too deep!). The weather has been really good to us in London this year, with lots of sun, but a fair bit of rain, too.

Now thoughts are already turning to autumn and winter. I don’t want the beds to go empty over winter, which I did last year. Any suggestions of easy things I can plant that will tide us over until spring?

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15 Comments

  1. Miranda (Anosa)

    August 22, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I had to laugh when I read ‘bastard animal’ pulled your lettuce, a real shame but hoping the new planting works out well for you. Your garden has produced some awesome friends and veggies.

    1. BeNourishd

      August 22, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      “Friends” might be an exaggeration (I really get cross when something eats anything!) but thanks, I’m chuffed with it

    2. Miranda (Anosa)

      August 22, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Oh good lord my phone autocorrected ‘fruits’ to ‘friends’ probably because I spelt fruits wrong and thought I meant friends lol

  2. Rhian Westbury

    August 22, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Wow you’ve done so well growing your own veggies, that requires a lot of patience x

    1. BeNourishd

      August 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thanks, it’s actually pretty easy and the things I’ve grown are all fairly low maintenance. Give it a go?

  3. Bear and Cardigan

    August 22, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Well done! We love growing food to eat and it is so important for little ones to pick food and eat it straight from the garden. I agree that potatoes are the best! Those tatty old leaves do not give a good indication of what lies beneath. We have grown them in buckets too.

    1. BeNourishd

      August 22, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Oh I think I might try that next year. They are brilliant but do take up so much space!

  4. Southern Mummy

    August 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

    wow this is so inspiring! i would love to grow my own veg and fruits but honestly i am rubbish. i grew a load of veg last year and didn’t have a clue how long it was all suppose to grow for or what i planted where. My strawberries never grew, my cabbages got eatern and the beetroots are still there and keep growing more leaves.

    1. BeNourishd

      August 23, 2017 at 8:53 am

      I cheat a bit – almost everything I grow is from a plug, rather than from seed. I’m too impatient!

  5. Kerry Norris

    August 23, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like you’ve managed to grow a lot. I’ve never attempted garlic. Should though as we use lots of it x

    1. BeNourishd

      August 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      You definitely should. It’s super easy!

  6. Jayne (@SMABLblog)

    August 24, 2017 at 10:21 am

    You can’t beat home grown! I’ve held back this year as we are in the middle of moving, but I can’t wait to get growing again at the new house :)

  7. Emma

    August 24, 2017 at 11:13 am

    How amazing! We love growing our own food and it really helps encourage the children to eat more fruit and veg as they grow it themselves. The Dill flowers are so dainty! We have had a good year with raspberries this year as well. Maybe we have had the right weather for them?!

    1. BeNourishd

      August 24, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      I think that must be it. Had another 6/7 this morning, lovely!

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