Plans and Plots

I am busy working on a couple of rather lovely crochet commissions at the moment, but you’ll have to wait a few weeks for photos. Meantime, I wanted to share with you my plans for the veg plot this year.

Mr T very kindly bought me a copy of James Wong’s Homegrown Revolution, which I had read about on Urvashi’s blog* .  Since Boxing day I have had the book either on the kitchen table or by my bed, making lists and drawing up plans of all the vegetables I’m going to grow this year. James Wong made me realise how crazy it is to grow potatoes when the field behind our house is full of Cheshire’s finest new potatoes and just up the road our local (and very lovely fruit farm) can provide us with delicious, tasty strawberries. Why not try something a little more unusual ?

Instead of the “usual suspects” this year, I’m going to try growing wasabi, sweet potatoes and chinese artichokes. I’m going to add more salad ingredients and herbs  and maybe even try my hand at hyacinth beans (simply because they look so beautiful).

If you can get hold of a copy of Homegrown Revolution, you’ll be inspired by the delicious recipes and beautiful illustrations which fill the book, or click here to go straight to James Wong’s website.

Thank you Mr T for a lovely present and thanks to Urvashi for writing her piece in the first place.

Now, I’m off to plant some seeds ….

 

 

 

 

*Always well worth a read, hop over now and take a look at what urvashi has planned for 2013

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  1. Wonderful to be planning for better days and the table’s fare through 2013!

    Mr D is growing veg for the first time in this garden and has his planning book on the go. I don’t think I’ll mention wasabi though – it may well elicit an oriental response!

    All the best with your planning and plotting, Tracey.

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  2. Oooooh what did you plant?!

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  3. Tracey

     /  January 12, 2013

    Today I was bringing strawberried into the greenhouse for some fruits at Easter.

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  4. After our success with the beans and pak choi last year, I will have to think if something else to grow in our little planter this year. I used to grow veggies, but we don’t have room in this garden (unless we dug up the shrubs and flowers in the borders!

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  5. Tracey

     /  January 15, 2013

    I’ve never tried pak choi, but o like eating it! This year I’m also growing ore flowers as we have never really had many – lots of evergreen shrubs and edibles!

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