Our Kitchen Garden Update

Cherry Tomatoes

I just found an old blog post that I wrote about a month ago but never actually posted it. It was my garden update and I couldn't believe how much our garden has changed since I wrote it. It's almost like kids, plants grow so fast. Looking at the old pictures of our kitchen garden, I felt happy and proud. I saw result of our everyday care and love we try to give to our plants. Result of the constant battle with whiteflies, leafhoppers, aphides, slugs, snails and other pests. We try to protect our plants, nurture them and they give us what they can for our care. I love our small kitchen garden. It's a hobby, pleasure and fun. I often think of my grandparents who used to have a big garden with all kinds of fruit and vegetables and some fruit trees. I would need their knowledge and experience now. They knew how to fight pests and how to give the best to every possible plant to get the best fruit and vegetable in return. I try to remember everything I can from my childhood when I used to help my grandparent in their garden, because unfortunately I can not ask them for advice. Instead, we learn. We learn every day, and we may not be the best gardeners, but we do our best and appreciate every new fruit our garden gives us.

Greek Oregano
Greek Basil
Last Strawberries
Last strawberries of the season
Mint
Mint

Although we love our garden, it's not always an easy job. Especially when weather doesn't cooperate. A typical British summer with frequent showers and lack of sunshine doesn't help our tomatoes to ripen. I'm so impatient! Large leafhoppers population nearly destroyed oregano and sage plant. It's a labour of love, but it's extremely satisfying and it's fun. For example, we grow "his" and "her" plants. P. insisted he wanted to grow chilli peppers and I had to have my rhubarb.

Rhubarb
"Her" Rhubarb
Chilli Peppers
"His" Chilli Peppers

Red Lettuce
Red Lettuce
Broad Beans
Broad Beans
Marjoram
Marjoram in Bloom
Purple Sprouting Broccoli
Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Not all of our gardening attempts are successful. The purple sprouting broccoli plant doesn't do very well and I doubt it will ever produce any sprouts. Most of the tomatoes are still green, which is not our fault, but luckily there are already a few red ones too. We also planted new seeds of Swiss Chard, because the first plants were destroyed by black flies. Gardening is a never ending job but so rewarding.

Green Tomatoes
Tomatoes
Cherry Tomatoes
Swiss Chard
Swiss Chard
Parsley
Flat Leaf Parsley
Spinach and Cress
New baby spinach / Watercress

Do you remember my spring onions? They've done quite a good job growing from this:
White Lisbon Winter Hardy Spring Onion
to this:
Spring Onions
Spring Onions

I wish you all a wonderful sunny weekend!



25 comments :

  1. so lovely :) I want to have my own self sustaining farm when I grow up ;) hehe well until then I will have my little herb garden on my fire escape... city living sigh

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  2. Sarka - I really enjoyed taking a wander through your garden just now. The tomatoes are gorgeous; I love the bright red, makes me want to pick one and pop it into my mouth. I wish we could grow a fairly decent batch of tomatoes in the city, they just never turn red.

    Really lovely - thank you.

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  3. I am always urging bloggy people to get their own herb and veggie gardens happening so this post almost brought a tear to my eye! I love it THIS much *stretch*
    T x

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  4. I envy your garden so much Sari! Everything looks gorgeous!

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  5. wow, gorgeous. what macro lens are you using? such detail and awesome highlights.

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  6. What a lovely garden! Love the vibrant color of your photos. :)

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  7. Your garden looks so beautiful and i can imagine how happy you must be feeling. I just started my tiny patio garden .. and planted some bayleaves and rosemary and tomatoes .. they are growing just fine .. no tomatoes yet .. but i have a long long way to go :)

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  8. All of your sprouts look wonderful... Enjoy your garden!!! My herb garden dried out.. we in the u.s.a. are in the middle of a heat wave.. It was impossible me to work full time and keep my little gaden hydrated enough... 99 yesterday...whew!!!!!

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  9. This is a a fantastic post to kick start my inspiration again. My garden in mid winter looks sad even though there is plenty of winter crops. Can't wait for NZ Spring and Summer again.

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  10. I'm so looking forward to seeing your garden in August. It's so beautiful. I know gardening is hard work. My parents bought a hobby, kind of weekend garden when I was 8 years old and every summer nearly every weekend we went to "work" (gardening) there. I didn't like it that time but I told my parents a year ago that I'm so glad I learnt from them and thankful for the food we grew & we ate at my childhood. Now my dad looks after the garden, he does it really well.

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  11. It looks amazing. I'm jealous.

    The good news is, that a) my baby apple tree is alive and b)I'm back in the world of blogging.

    Hope you're enjoying the sun!

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  12. Your garden looks amazing! I've been meaning to grow swiss chard and arugula myself. Did you start with seeds? If so, is it too late to plant them now? I know that both these plants like cooler temperature, so wondering if July heat would be too much for them?

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  13. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments! I really appreciate them all and they make me very happy.

    @Nicole Franzen {La Buena Vida} - fire escape herb garden sounds great! hehe :)

    @Chez Us - Thank you for the lovely comment Denise! London weather doesn't really help our tomatoes to turn red either. But I've finally picked and tasted first red ones this week.

    @Miss T- Having your own mini kitchen garden is so rewarding, isn't it? Even if it means just a few pots with herbs on window sills.

    @Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul - Thank you Peter!

    @Heidi / foodiecrush - Hi Heidi, I shot the whole garden blog post with my 50mm f/1.4 lens.

    @kankana - I'm glad to hear your garden is doing well. I wanted to grow bay leaf but didn't find either seeds nor plant anywhere.

    @dawn - oh I'm so sorry to hear your garden dried out! We are far away from heat waves and lack of rain. I sometimes worry that my plants might actually drown! :)

    @Domestic Executive - I will also miss my garden during winter. I'm not sure I would be able to grow anything at all in winter.

    @Zita - this sounds sooo familiar. :) I didn't used to appreciate my grandparents' garden and now I would love to have their knowledge and experience.

    @Skye - Hi Skye! Welcome back to the blogging world! I'm jealous of your apple tree! But it's good to hear it's alive! :) Believe me I'm trying to get the most out of every rare minute of sunshine in London!! hehe

    @Anonymous - I was growing both arugula and swiss chard from seeds and they grow really fast. I planted new swiss chard only about 3-4 weeks ago and they are still doing fine. So I think you should be ok.

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  14. I'm dying to make pomarola with your tomatoes!! can't wait! love the light, fresh appeal of your shots, as ever!

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  15. Those were some really vibrant shots, nicely composed. Good job, Sari. Hopped here from Katie's blog.

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  16. Ack - you have just reminded me that we certainly planted our tomatoes too late! They are only flowering now, no tomatoes yet... Still, the plants look big and healthy so here's hoping for more sun! My thyme and sage seem to be a little miserable and longing for sunshine but the chillies seem happy, as does the mint and rosemary. Very impressed with how healthy your plants look - mine suffer from benign neglect (and blackfly/greenfly, grrrr!)

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  17. Wow!! Look at all those gorgeous goodies in your garden! Hmm, I wish I could say the same of ours although our tub of herbs is doing quite well despite the lack of sunshine and the overabundant rain. I sooo have to get one of those greek basil plants too but haven't seen it around here.

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  18. Everything looks wonderful. The swiss chard is adorable. Now I only wish I could stop by for dinner!

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  19. Wow! All of your veggies are doing great. Love the basil,tomatoes, and the strawberries even if it is the last strawberries on this season. Perfect is all I can say about your garden.

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  20. You have a beautiful garden! Your veggies look so healthy and no sign of pests... How did you did it?

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  21. Wow what a lovely garden. Someday, I will try my best to have one,as lovely as yours. Your plants and vegetables look so healthy and are really taken care of! Good job!

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  22. Beautiful garden, beautiful captures, it's all so alluring and makes me want to go out and plant a garden, and I have a BROWN thumb.

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  23. You’re a pro in taking pictures of vegetables in your garden! They all look beautiful and nice to eat. I could see from your harvest and from the look of your plants that you have inherited the green thumb of your parents in gardening. Keep it up!

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  24. Your garden looks exactly like mine! It's amazing! We even have almost the same vegetables planted :)

    It's my first time here, but I love your blog already :)

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  25. Your kitchen garden is gorgeous. I've always wanted to have one, but now I'm more than thrilled about living right next to a farm near Paris where I can go and pick my own fresh vegetables every other day!

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