Urban Food Gardening
I'm an urban farmer - have been for the past 13 years. I am not self sufficient, but I grow a lot of my own veg out the back in a fairly tiny space. This blog is the story of how I do it, what grows, and how I use it. Urban farming/city gardening is great for lost of reasons - not least the delicious and healthy food that you can produce for yourself & your friends & neighbours. If only a few people reading this blog are inspired to trade flowers or grass for vegetables, then I'll be happy.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Black trifele tomato review
Red medium sized tomato, with a hint of purple. Good texture, reasonable flavour. Ripened inside, so need to try growing again to give it a chance.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Black cherry tomato
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Purple Ukraine tomato
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
De nice a ronde, trailing green marrow and patty pan the best producers so far. The pickling cucumbers are very bitter. Crookneck all very small so far. Lots of male flowers being produced, so need to get more manure.
So far, winter squash are not prolific. One fruit per plant. Pumpkin growing like crazy, no fruit.
Garden pearl tomato review
Sunday, February 03, 2013
January foodie penpal
This months Foodie Penpal exchange was a lovely start to the year. My package from Jenny at Silver Screen Suppers arrived last Monday, but I wasn't home during daylight hours till later in the week to photograph it. Which meant a lot of self restraint of my part!
As you can see a wonderful selection of goodies, very thoughtful and delicious.
The Cornish sea salt and peppers immediately went on an egg, post photos.
The 'olives' are chocolate covered almonds, very moreish.
I'm most intrigued by this umami paste, haven't decided where to use it yet, I suspect it will be a great addition to soups, the guys I live with are very fond of this taste.
I had some fun putting a package together for Sarah at the wwfoodie, took advantage of the cold weather,many sent some Irish cheeses. Also some shamrock flavoured crisps from Keogh's. And some home made flapjacks. (Must take photos of my package next time!)
Already looking forward to my February pals!
Weather was very mild this weekend, so a few things achieved in the tunnel and outside. I had planted broad beans inside, these were a good dive, so I put them in one of the new tunnel beds. It will be interesting to see if slugs demolish them. Most are quite tall, so they may be safe enough, I put eggshells round the smaller ones. I also planted some more broad bean seeds in between them, in case of failure.
Indoors - Aubergine and chilli. Also sweet peas and broad beans.
I put some turnips and corn salad in the tunnel, it's pretty warm in there, and a lot brighter then the windowsill.
2 large pots with potatoes too, these were seed potatoes that started sprouting back in oct, they have been on a window sill since. They'll need fleece if it shows signs of freezing.
Great to have this much activity this early, taking some chances here too, but all in the name of learning....