Growing Our Own

Our government ministers have promised that food supplies are still safe for the foreseeable future,  however, just to be on the safe side we are planning on planting out more veg for this year.

The first lot of seeds are now in and we hope to get some more soon, provided the retailers remain open.

Parsnips and radishes just planted under that plastic sheeting.  Rhubarb coming along in the front. Rest of the ground prepared waiting for some seed potatoes, peas and beans.  P is off out early this morning to buy more fresh food and to try to find somewhere that is open and selling seed potatoes and seeds.

We have sown courgette seeds in pots on our window sill at the moment but they will be going out when big enough.


Strawberry plants doing well in the greenhouse.
You can just see our compost bins on the right, behind the telephone pole.


We already have a few herbs on the patio.



If the meat production runs out, we are cultivating our own supply of frogs legs.  These little wrigglers on our kitchen windowsill should be ready in a few weeks.....




19 comments:

  1. Mmmm yum, frog's legs. You need a lot of legs to get enough protein though. How do you fatten a frog?
    I have eaten frog's legs. They are a speciality at a town up north beside a lake. It took more in energy to find and eat the meat than there was in calories.
    I saw your curly leaf nz parsley. We can only get the flat leaf "italian' kind. I have grown the curly variety from a packet of nz seeds but it doesn't like the climate here and does not grow big enough or last long enough to warrant the effort.
    Cheers

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    1. I have never eaten frogs legs. Could never bring myself to try them. Like snails. (Shudder). I like both types of parsley but P only buys the curly variety. Perhaps I'll ask him to get both next time.

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  2. Well I have a pond full of frog spawn but I'm certainly not going to be eating any of the resultant frogs. I reckon that I will plant some vegetables and so on this year. I've only grown herbs and rhubarb for the last few years. I'll have more time for the garden this year: weather permitting.

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    1. We get lots of frog spawn in our pond each year. P likes to bring some indoors to watch them develop. Brings back memories of his childhood when they had some at his school.

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  3. Great photos and everything looks very neat and tidy. It looks like a lot of people will have more time to grow their own this year.

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    1. Thanks northsider. There are lots of online posts at the moment about digging for victory!

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  4. I am impressed about how clean and weed-free your vegetable area is. The soil looks nice and rich too. It just goes to prove that if you treat a slave well he will give good service in return. I can imagine a new Sunday morning programme on Manx Radio - "Gardening With Peregrine". It would be a huge hit I am sure.

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    1. For some strange reason he seems to prefer working outside in the garden rather than spending time with me. Can't imagine why.

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    2. Perhaps he is simply following The Blonde Fuhrer's advice about social distancing.

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  5. Wow! That is an impressive set up. I have one small garden that is often just full of weeds! I will have to get out there when the weather is nicer to see what I can grow. We had snow yesterday so still way too cold!Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you Ellen. It is not a huge veg plot compared to some I have seen but we hope that it may produce enough to keep us ticking over if things get worse later on. Perhaps you could start off with some things in containers that can be kept under cover to protect from the cold?

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  6. Think I'll pass on the frogs' legs but the rest of the eatables look jolly good.

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    1. I am waiting (im)patiently for them all to grow.

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  7. Hello waiter. Do you have frogs legs? Yes? Well hop off to the kitchen and get me some chips.

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    1. The old ones are always the best 😁

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  8. I used to have a good Rhubarb patch, but it's all died off and I'm having difficulty re-growing. Something is eating the roots. I have sown Carrots and Onions, otherwise I shan't be sowing any more for a while yet. We can get late frosts here until mid-May.

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    1. We may also get late frosts here but are taking a chance anyway. Do you think it could be mice eating your rhubarb? Have you tried dividing them and replanting elsewhere?

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  9. Wow, your garden is huge! What a lot of veg you'll have if it's all successful, clever you!

    I was busy in the garden today as I was sick of the state of it. OH usually does it but hasn't managed to get out there for a while; it's only a courtyard garden with things in pots, mostly. I actually really enjoyed myself and bought some new plants from B&M.

    Stay safe and well
    xxx

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    1. It is a bit of an effort to keep it all neat, but that's P's job!
      Stay safe xx

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