We managed a plot visit this week but only in order to harvest some fresh vegetables.
We have been watching War on Waste presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and I am afraid that neither our parsnips nor our carrots would pass muster and would be consigned to the rubbish dump. The supermarkets would consider them too small and ugly.
In fact most of what we grow would be too large, too small, too wonky or the wrong colour. Have you ever looked at an apple and thought "Oh dear that is too red, it will have to be composted" ? No neither have I but the supermarkets do!
Is this fussiness confined to UK supermarkets or are other parts of the world just as wasteful?
Well our vegetables may not suit the supermarkets but what they lack in commercially accepted beauty they make up for in taste. Amazingly taste doesn't seem to feature on the supermarket check list.
We harvested out first beetroots of the season. They were sown rather late but have produced reasonable sized roots.
Last year I wrote a post about keeping pot mums after they had finished flowering and then planting on the plot.
Last year during autumn we transferred them to the garden greenhouse and they provided a few cut flowers. In spring they were replanted in the plot where they made fairly large plants. This year, once the plot greenhouse was emptied of tomatoes, the plants were again planted in large boxes and taken inside.
I haven't disbudded them - which would have produced large flowers - so now they are producing lots of spray chrysanthemums.
I was lacking a white and a bronze variety and so when I spotted a white pot mum at the supermarket, it made its way into my trolley. So far my search for a bronze flowered plant has been fruitless.