Friday, 18 August 2017

My plastic free lunch box.

I love my plastic free lunch boxes!  They're long lasting, don't leech horrible plastic chemicals into my food and won't end up as plastic landfill waste when I've finished with them*.

My plastic free lunch box. Stainless steel lunch boxes and containers.  From UK eco blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #plasticfree #stainlesssteel #plasticfreelunchbox #plasticfreelunchkit #ecofriendly #ecolunchbox

* I will never have finished with them, they'll last forever! 

I have two Klean Kanteen stainless steel containers in my lunch kit.  The bottle is really handy and I use the insulated canister for rice, curries, pasta, salads and that kind of thing for work.  I picked them both up from Ebay for about £20 each, the bottle is the Reflect 18oz and the canister is the 16oz Insulated Food Canister.

For sandwiches and wraps I have a stainless streel Elephant box.  It's really sturdy and nice (and soo shiny!).  I bought it direct from the Elephant box website, it's the square salad tin and it cost £11.99.

I also have a couple of little tins that I take dried fruit and nuts in.  I think one was from paperchase and the other used to have mints in.  I have a couple more somewhere, they're really useful for little portions of dry things.

I take my lunch in a second hand Skipping Girl basket.  I ALWAYS wanted a Skipping Girl bag in the 90's, and I found one recently on Ebay for a few pounds so I pounced on it!  They're hand made using re-purposed fishing twine.  This one is big enough for everything to fit in, and a magazine and book for lunchtime, and a pack-a-mack for when it rains on the walk home!

As you can see, all these nice stainless steel lunch boxes and bottles aren't cheap.  But I've bought cheaper versions of everything before and they just haven't lasted.  I've budgeted and bought my plastic free lunch kit bit by bit over a few months.  I'm glad I did too, because these have stood up to loads of wear and I'm looking forward to many more years of happy plastic free lunches!


Don't forget to check out my other small changes to help you live a greener life!


 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.

Its been a long hot summer (mostly!) and I've barely had my the hose pipe out in the garden!  How, you may ask?  By using a combination of clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers and mulch I've saved loads of water and loads of time.

Ollas, or clay pot irrigation.

Unglazed clay pots buried under ground let water out when the ground is dry and plants need it.  You can use ollas, which are round clay jars with a narrow neck, but they're fairly expensive.  Clay pot irrigation does the same job using terracotta plant pots, which are loads cheaper. 

Here's how I made my own really simple clay pot waterers.  There are loads of instructions online that involve gluing two pots together, I didn't go down that route because I don't want glue or silicone sealant buried underground where I grow my plants. 

You will need

unglazed terracotta pots
champagne or wine corks
plates or something to cover the top of the pots

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture

Dig a hole where you want the clay pot irrigation system to be.  The clay pot should stick up an inch or so above the surface of the soil.

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Fit a cork into the hole in the bottom of the pot (to stop the water running out of it too fast!), then pop the clay pot into the hole and fill around it.  Make sure it's level using a spirit level (or guesstimate!). 

Fill up the pot with water and cover with a plate or saucer. 

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture

These cost under £5 each (£4 for the plant pots, chipped plates from the kitchen and champage corks from Ebay) but I've made smaller versions for free using smaller plant pots. 

My raised beds have produced so well this year, and I'm sure the clay pot irrigation system has something to do with it.  I've filled up the pots 1 to 3 times per week, depending on the weather, and my plants have been so big and healthy.  And added bonus, slugs love hanging out in the damp pots, so I can remove and dispose of them easily and save my plants from slugageddon.  

Wine bottle waterers.

This is another really simple DIY to make your own plant waterer.  Just drink your wine, wash the bottle, fill with water, make a hole where you want to put it with a dibber, then quickly turn the bottle over and put the neck in the hole.  

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture

I tend to use these as emergency care for wilty plants, or for anything I know is particularly thirsty (my courgettes have a wine bottle waterer each!).  Because they're not permanent they're really handy for moving around the garden to where they're most needed.   

I also use glass bottle waterers in the conservatory, to stop my tomato and pepper plants from drying out too quickly.

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture

Mulch. 

I use three main types of mulch to protect the soil's surface, smother weeds, prevent moisture evaporation and reduce the amount I have to water my plants. 

Snapped twigs are quite a pretty mulch if you have some twiggy bits you'd like to reuse in the garden rather than chuck in the green bin.  Waste not want not.

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture

I'm always scooping up a bit of gravel from the driveway to mulch the top of my pots too. 

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture
  
A very Permaculture method of mulching is called 'chop and drop'.  As the name suggests you chop (ie. prune or dead head or weed) then drop the clippings directly onto the garden.  This returns the nutrients the plants have taken from the soil directly back where they came from, and the organic matter on top of the soil encourages soil life, from fungus and bacteria to worms and other creepy crawlies.  

I only chop and drop at very specific times.  In autumn I chop and drop then cover the droppings with a layer of compost so it can all decompose together to make happy soil in the spring.  

The only other time I use the chop and drop technique is to cover bare soil in very very hot weather.  I have clay-y soil which will bake, set solid and crack in the sun.  This year slugs ate all my summer seedlings so there've been bare patches of soil where I've been waiting for new plantlets to grow.  To temporarily cover and protect these bare patches I've chopped and dropped weed leaves and leaves from shrubs I've pruned.  Because it's been so hot these prunings have gone dry and crispy really fast, and decomposed quickly.  

I can't chop and drop during any kind of damp weather, because my garden is slug HQ and it just gives them more hiding places!

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture

3 ways to water your garden without the hose pipe, ollas, wine bottle waterers and mulches.  Info and DIY instructions to make your own ollas, clay pot irrigation, wine bottle waterers, and mulch with twigs, pebbles and chop and drop techniques.  From UK suburban permaculture gardening blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ollas #claypotirrigation #winebottlewaterer #mulch #chopanddrop #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture
  
The combination of these three methods means I've only had the hose pipe out twice this year.  Of course I've had the watering can out a few times a week, but I've used loads less water and saved lots of time buy using water saving watering techniques. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of my gardening posts!




 

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

What I ate in a day, a day of yummy vegan meals.

This is what I ate on a lazy day at home,

Breakfast was a toasted sesame seed bagel, filled with a Linda McCartney sausage and ketchup - and it was really yummy!  Orange juice and strawberries on the side for fruity healthiness too.

What I ate in a day, a day of yummy vegan meals. By UK vegan blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #vegan #veganblog #whatIateinaday #ukveganblog

For lunch I had a Brazilian inspired meal.  Herby kidney beans with left over brown rice and a little salad.  I dry fried some sesame seeds to sprinkle over the rice and added a few crisps to my plate.   My friend is married to a Brazilian guy and they lived in Rio for years.  When I visited them I learned that Brazilians sprinkle special little crisps over their rice and beans (and pretty much everything else!).

What I ate in a day, a day of yummy vegan meals. By UK vegan blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #vegan #veganblog #whatIateinaday #ukveganblog

Tea was Thai noodle stir fry with loads of veg - including a home grown courgette!

What I ate in a day, a day of yummy vegan meals. By UK vegan blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #vegan #veganblog #whatIateinaday #ukveganblog

I love a crispy snack when I'm watching TV in the evening, so I made my own vegan cheese and onion crisps with a packet of Pom Bears, some nooch and onion powder.

What I ate in a day, a day of yummy vegan meals. By UK vegan blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #vegan #veganblog #whatIateinaday #ukveganblog


Don't forget to check out my other vegan blog posts for more vegan meal inspiration! 


 
 
 

Sunday, 30 July 2017

My homegrown harvest, July 2017.

This has been a month of many courgettes!  

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I need to sort my timings out for next year, and plan to do more successional  sowing, I've run out of lettuce and had the last of my peas, and didn't sow any more to replace them! 

I've had loads of courgettes however, I'm at the taking-courgettes-to-work-and-passing-them-off-to-my-colleagues stage of courgette glut.  

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I had a gorgeous head of garlic, just from a clove of supermarket garlic I planted - it was so lovely and fresh. 

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I've picked all my broad beans and the start of the borlotto beans, I'm not waiting for them to dry, I'll eat them fresh.

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The rats tail radish has been prolific, unfortunately neither of us are keen on the seed pods, either raw or cooked.  They may be heading compostwards!  The flowers on the plants have attracted loads of hoverflies into the garden, so I might grow it again next year just for the insects. 

My homegrown harvest, July 2017.  From UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #gardening #gardenblogger #permaculturegarden #suburbanpermaculture #harvest

My homegrown harvest, July 2017.  From UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #gardening #gardenblogger #permaculturegarden #suburbanpermaculture #harvest

There's been a bit more that I didn't photograph, but not much.  We've had a few blueberries, but the blackbird has had more!  And my autumn bliss raspberries have produced a few berries too.  I'm not sure why, you can leave a cane of autumn rasps to over winter, then it'll fruit earlier in the summer, but I cut all my canes to the ground.  Whatever the reason the raspberries I've had have been so delicious, like sweeties.

How are your gardens?  Are you harvesting anything exciting? 



 
 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017.

Lots of things have been happening this month in the garden!  Joe filled up my new raised bed, and I've planted the first few things in it!

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

I've popped in some sweetcorn and society garlic plants that have been hanging around a little longer than they should have been, but I hope they'll be happy now.  And I planted a mix of lettuce seed, some borlotto beans, walking onions, rainbow chard and a mix of carrots and spring onions.  Now it's almost full and I want another one!

All the soil to fill this raised bed came from the weedy patch at the back of the garden.  I've been battling against this weedy patch for 2 years, I've cleared the 5 foot nettles away twice, and scared away a family of mice who were hiding in the turf I'd piled up to compost.  But I never quite managed to clear it.  So I asked my husband and he did it in a morning.  And raked it all flat.  And made a little retaining wall from some bricks we keep digging up.  He's too good!

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

You can see how it looked before in the background of this photo,

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

I'm going to cover the soil in the now un-weedy corner with some cardboard for a while to kill of any weeds, then it'll become a fruit tree and fruit bush area.

My other raised bed is doing amazing!  Everything is productive, I've finally had courgettes, and I love my sunflower!

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

Our next big job is to get rid of the lawn.  We're going to mow it short, then cover with newspaper or cardboard, then a thick layer of woodchips.  We're happy we won't have to mow the lawn anymore (hurrah!).  Next year when we have the pennies we'll get someone in to do the hard landscaping like the patio, path and maybe the fence.  I know that whoever these future builders will be, they will stomp all over my garden, because the builders who put the fence up on the other side did exactly that and it was very upsetting and damaged my soil and plants.  So I'll wait til that's over before turning my lawn into a garden! 

I spent a long time pruning the weigela and clearing underneath, and I've planted a Japanese anemone and a rudbeckia underneath.  I've had to buy a fair few plants this year, as most of my seedlings were eaten by slugs, but the garden is slowing filling up now.

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

Scuse the mess in my shed, but I just wanted to show you the result of my weed tea brewing.  I put loads of nettles and weeds into a bucket with some water, accidentally left it for 6 weeks rather than 2 (it was super-duperly fermented and fizzy!), then put the liquid into bottles to dilute with water and use as fertiliser during the growing season.  I got 3 bottles full, which is more than enough to last me the year, and I threw the solid bits into the bottom of my new raised bed for extra fertilisation. 

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

Do you like my butterfly deterrents?  Apparently cabbage white butterflies are territorial, so if they see another butterfly in your garden they'll go elsewhere.  The internet says make a little cardboard butterfly, stick it in the ground on a stick, and it'll keep your cabbage safe.  It really works too, there was a cabbage white landing on all my leafy greens, and as soon as I put these out it went away.  Shame I was too late to save my cabbage - it's a caterpillar nursery, but hopefully this will save my chard.

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

The front garden looks a bit rubbishy to be honest, the gravel is so weedy.  We completely look like the scruffy-gits of our road - hopefully one more month of saving up and we can start to get it sorted!

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

I'm quite happy with the back garden, in all it's work-in-progress glory.  I keep reminding myself of several things - it's summer so the weeds Do grow faster than anything else and it will be hard to keep control of them, we're just setting the garden up and it will be hard to get it done, and the gardening is supposed to be relaxing so I'm not going to let the other two things get me down! 

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

I've just noticed in the photo above, Joe's little face peeping out between the curtains of the upstairs window! 

Here are some pretty flowers (and a few weeds in the background!)

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

Diary of a suburban edible garden, July 2017. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #permaculture #suburbanpermaculture #organicgarden #raisedbeds #growyourown #ukgardenblogger

How's your garden this month?  Do you have any exciting gardening plans? 




Friday, 21 July 2017

Photo an hour, July 2017.

Saturday the 15th was July's photo an hour day, here are my photos.

Photo an hour in organised by Jane and Louisa, anyone can join in and post their hourly photos on social media throughout the day tagging them #photoanhour.  Why don't you join in next time?
 
11am - Joe worked a late shift the night before, and neither of us slept brilliantly, so we had a lie in.  I checked my seedlings as soon as I got up - I'm waiting for things to grow! 
 
 
12pm - After 2 years of looking for a second hand armchair that doesn't smell funny and that we can get delivered (because we don't have a car) we've given up and bought a new one online.  Hope it's comfy!  We're having a real crackdown on getting the house nice, we're sick of living in a mess of unfinished projects.

 
1pm - I feel like my photo an hour days are always so boring, I tend to use the weekends to chill out and get life and house stuff done, sorry!  Having said that I deep cleaned the bathroom and washing machined the shower curtain and bath mat.

 
2pm - Quick sweetie break.


3pm - Still on the theme of boring Saturday, we bought a new hoover and it's loovley!


4pm - Watching Parks and Recreation before Joe goes off to work again.  We've watched an unhealthy amount of this over the last couple of weeks!


5pm -  Just checking out my huge courgette.


6pm - And my little oak tree has pretty new leaves.


7pm - Perfect tea, vegan fish finger and chip sandwich.


8pm - 400+ page book about permaculture and vegan chocolate ice cream = a rock and roll Saturday night.


9pm - A bit of Lego before bed, can you tell what it is yet? 


Did you take part this time?  How was your day?

This time last year I was also mooching about the house and binge watching TV, and in 2015 I was gardening and charity shopping.



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

What I've been reading.

I find what I read directly correlates to the state of the world.  And in this current climate of Brexit, Trump, Theresa May and the aftermath of a snap general election, I'm sticking with kids books, gardening and tales of TV dogs.  Here's what I've been reading,

What I've been reading.  From UK book blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #bookblogger #librarybooks #reading #bookreviews

Nigel, My Family and other Dogs - Monty Don
Disappointingly this book was neither written by Nigel the dog from Gardener's World, or written from the point of view of Nigel the dog.  Rather it's Monty Don's stories of Nigel and his other pet dogs.  I don't particularly like dogs, but Nigel is my favourite part of Gardener's World and I really liked this book.

What I've been reading.  From UK book blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #bookblogger #librarybooks #reading #bookreviews

The Worst Witch - Jill Murphy
I never read The Worst Witch as a child, but I loved the 90's kids TV programme based on it and wished my school uniform included stripey tights and doc martins.  I love the illustrations in this book too.  Am I definitely too old to go to a boarding school for witches?  

What I've been reading.  From UK book blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #bookblogger #librarybooks #reading #bookreviews

The Rurbanite - Alex Mitchell
If you want to live a more rural life in an urban setting then this book's for you.  There's lots of inspiration for guerilla gardening, community gardens, urban wildlife gardening and all sorts of other eco-friendly things you can do to make your urban space nice and green.  I liked this even though I don't live in a city.

What I've been reading.  From UK book blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #bookblogger #librarybooks #reading #bookreviews

The Twins at St Clare's - Enid Blyton
The Twins at St Clare's series is basically Malory Towers, with different names.  But they're a nice easy read, full of midnight feasts, tricks on teachers and schoolgirl dramas.  Malory Towers has a swimming pool though, which I think makes it the better school.  Swimming is waay better than lacrosse. 

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J K Rowling
So firstly, this has the most beautiful black and white illustrations, which totally makes it worth reading.  Secondly, if you need to read wizarding fairy tales, with additional commentary and analysis from Prof. Dumbledore, then you should probably read this.  

More things I've been reading,

Emmy and Oliver - Robin Benway  Ollie is kidnapped as a child, and returned to his neighbourhood as a teen, with added romance with the girl next door.

Rat Queens Vol. 1 Sass. and Sorcery - Kurtis J. Wiebe  You definitely want to read a graphic novel about kick ass, violent ladies called 'sass. and sorcery'!

Air Head - Meg Cabot  The plot for this is Weird, in a way I can't say without giving a spolier, but it's still good!

All the Feels - Danika Stone  When her favourite film character is killed off, Liv launches an online campaign to reinstate him, which gets ever so slightly out of control.

What have you been reading?  I'm trying to get through my big pile of library books so I can start re-reading the Harry Potter series!  (It's not going well, I keep adding to my library book pile!)




Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Make one small change, mend the thing.

Making one small change at a time can make becoming eco friendly loads easier.  Lots of small changes add up to a big difference.

Make one small change, mend the thing. By UK eco blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #makedoandmend #repair #zerowaste

I very nearly bought a new steamer pan the other day.  The metal handle on the lid had sheared off and I was opening it in a slightly dangerous manner by sticking a knife under it.  I didn't have another lid that would fit either.  

But I decided, no.  No, I won't put an otherwise perfectly usable pan into landfill and buy a new one (not that I'd have put it in landfill, it would have ended up as plant pots no doubt!  But that still would have been a waste).   

I'm not actually sure how much of a bother mending this was, because husband bought the wooden handle and attached it to the screw that was already in the lid.  I was totally willing to do it even though I have no DIY skills, he just beat me to it.  

Mending your stuff saves resources and money (a new steamer pan costs £25, a wooden knob cost less than £1) and makes you feel very smug indeed.  Now I've just got to get round to mending that hole in my skirt, wobbly table leg, garden gate latch..... have you got anything you can mend and then feel smug about?

Don't forget to check out my other small changes to help you live a greener life!


 
 

Friday, 30 June 2017

My home grown harvest, June 2017.

Things.  Are.  Happening.  In the garden.  It's food.  And I'm growing it. 

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

This has been my best year so far for growing my own, and I'm really seeing the potential for being able to grow loads more as the garden progresses over the next couple of years.  My new raised bed in the back garden has been amazing and I want more!

I have so much lettuce, and so many peas.  The yellow mange tout I planted has been prolific.  Unfortunately they're not as tasty as the less prolific purple mange tout I planted last year, but happily the purple ones have self seeded so I have some of those too!

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My favourite lettuce is this one, I'm not entirely sure what it is because I mixed some lettuce seed together without noting down what I was using, but it's huge and delicious.

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

I've had far too many mange tout to eat, so I've been blanching it in boiling water (about a minute - minute and a half is right for mange tout, it's probably not right, but I've just been doing odd handfuls in a mug of boiling water!), then drying and popping into a sterilised jar in the freezer to use in stir fries in the winter.

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

I've been enjoying garlic scapes, wet garlic and some unsuccessful elephant garlic (won't bother with that one again, I've included my finger in the photo for scale! It wasn't strong tasting enough for me either!)

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

 It's been my best year for strawberries.  I'm so happy!

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger

We've been picking home grown herbs all spring and summer too, rosemary, thyme and sage are our favourites and Joe makes amazing herby roast potatoes.

My home grown harvest, June 2017.  What I grew in my UK suburban, permaculture garden. By UK garden blogger secondhandsusie.blogspot.com #ukpermaculture #gardenharvest #organicgarden #raisedbeds #ukgardenblogger


How are your gardens?  Are you harvesting anything exciting?