Now that we have been trying to grow food in the garden for a few months, we have started to get some results.

Here is a picture of the main growing area as of the 19th June 2020:

our progress so far
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This is our main growing area now.

In this image the crops have been labelled so that you can see what everything is:

our progress so far labelled
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In this image we labelled the crops so you can see where everything is.

Here’s our first crop of potatoes taken from a couple of the potato grow bags which we emptied a couple of days ago..

our first potato crop
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We harvested a couple of the bags and this is our first potato crop!

 

Here is our first turnip:

this is a small turnip
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We have now grown our first turnip.

 

..and this is 4 more turnips which we dug up when we were thinning out the turnip plants:

4 small turnips
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These looked big enough to eat so we collected them as we were thinning out the turnip plants.

 

This apple tree we planted a couple of months ago has started to grow a few small apples:

apples
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You can now see a few small apples on this recently planted apple tree.

In this picture, you can see our pumpkin plants:

pumpkin seedlings
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The arrow is pointing to a pair of pumpkin seedlings. Once the seedlings grow a bit more the pairs will be separated so each the pumpkins have room to grow.

 

The fruit trees we planted in the front garden are now growing well and have lots of foliage:

fruit trees
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The fruit trees now have plenty of leaves.

Here you can see a couple of cherries on one of the cherry trees:

cherries
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Cherries have started growing on this tree.

This a lemon balm plant that was growing in a crack between 2 flags in the front yard which we repotted. I only had a few leaves at first but is now growing well.

a lemon balm plant
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This lemon balm plant was growing in a gap between 2 flagstones.

This is a pineapple mint plant that we bought last year that has now regrown.

a pineapple mint plant
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We bought a pineapple mint plant last year which has now regrown.

We picked our first crop of gooseberries from 1 of the gooseberry bushes. We didn’t get many but they were good 🙂

gooseberries
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This is our first crop of gooseberries.

These are chive plants which were probably planted by someone who lived at our house before us. We were pleasantly surprised when we found them growing by the pond.

chive plants
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We found these chive plants by the pond.

It’s now late July and our first few apples have grown a lot:

apples
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Our apples have grown a lot on this tree which was bought from the shop and planted in April.

We’ve now thinned out our carrot plants and we picked a handful for eating rather than replanting. Here they are:

carrots
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These are a few carrots we picked from the garden for eating instead of replanting.

We did the same thing with the parsnips but there were a couple of them which were just about large enough to be eaten:

parsnips
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We replanted most of the parsnip plants but put these to one side for eating.

A few of the broad bean plants are now doing really well and producing pods as shown in this photograph:

broad beans
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These broad bean plants have started to produce pods which are indicated by the arrows.

We picked one of the pods to see how many broad beans were in it. There were only 2 beans which were big enough to eat but they tasted really good..

inside a broad bean pod
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Inside this broad bean pod you can see that a couple of broad beans have grown.

It’s mid August and some of our apples are big enough for picking now:

our 1st crop of apples
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This is our first apple crop from the tree we planted in April in the back garden.

Here is a picture of our first home-grown courgette:

a courgette
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This is the first courgette we harvested from one of our courgette plants.

We have managed to harvest plenty of broad beans now and this picture shows our latest crop:

some broad bean pods
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This is the latest batch of broad bean pods that we have picked.

Here’s another courgette that we collected from the same courgette plant:

our second courgette
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This is the second courgette we picked off our courgette plant.

It’s late August now and we have picked our first few onions, although we’re leaving the rest in the soil to see if they will grow a bit bigger.

Here are our first 4 onions. They tasted good but were not as spherical as we expected:

our first 4 onions
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These are the first onions we picked from our rows of onions. They are small so we are leaving the rest in the soil to see if they will grow more.

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