Category: vegetable plots

Pashley Manor Gardens

Visit Pashley Manor Gardens, on the border of Sussex and Kent, and see a wide range of vegetables grown from seed supplied by Dobies of Devon. For many years Dobies has been supporting Pashley Manor by providing the vegetable seed for their lovely and productive kitchen garden. Once the crops have been harvested they are cooked and served in the garden café so be sure to visit there too! Continue Reading

Blight Free Tomatoes

Many gardeners have at some point suffered the disappointment of their entire season’s tomato crop being devastated by blight.  With spores being carried on the wind tomato blight can spread for many miles and although some blight resistant tomatoes are already available none have been able to fight off all strains of the disease. Until now. Continue Reading

Vegetable delights

allotment-sized vegetable plot

My husband’s allotment-sized vegetable plot in full swing last Summer, just as we harvested the first of the new potatoes

Sometimes, I think that gardeners, if they are not also cooks, forget that vegetables are grown to be eaten! Yet for what other purpose do we take such loving care and attention of our vegetable plot or allotment, our pride and joy? Newcomers may be overwhelmed. On large plots particularly, you often see long rows of one variety, as if you were feeding the biblical 5,000; and no way would the produce still be tender by the time the end of the row is reached. Maybe, the intention is to preserve or freeze the surplus. Shorter rows and more variety might be more useful; or sown and grown in small patches. But with the ‘grow your own’ phenomenon still on the increase, there is always the possibility that the cook in the kitchen is unsure of how to prepare some of the more unusual varieties. The urge to grow outweighs other considerations.

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When dreams become reality

Clearing some of the wilderness last week

Clearing some of the wilderness last week

Whether you are reclaiming ground, starting from scratch or re-planning an existing garden, turning dreams into reality requires a certain amount of foresight and strategy. But where to begin, particularly if you are new to gardening? I looked back at the blog posts and statistics for all I have written on this Dobies blog over the last two years and noticed that the topic that still attracts the most attention is anything to do with layouts and cropping.

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Thinking of Summer !!

Munich Market, Germany; June 2012

Munich Market, Germany; June 2012

Touring on the continent this summer in our motor-home, whilst the UK wet seemed to follow wherever we travelled, I was nevertheless always drawn to the vegetable stalls in every market – a reminder of other, hotter summers in years long gone, and particularly herbs, and GARLIC. Subtlety of flavour, life-enhancing, considered by many to be a herbal wonder drug, with a reputation in folklore for preventing or treating everything from the common cold and ‘flu to the legendary plague! It is nevertheless a powerful natural antibiotic and antioxidant, and is claimed to assist in the management of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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