This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Potatoes, Corn, Courgette (zucchini)

Healthy 'Maris Peer' Potatoes.

I dug up more potatoes this week... I've been growing potatoes three ways this year (container, grow bags and ground). I thought the containers would produce the best results, however.... the WINNER is.... ground grown taters! They look the healthiest and the yield was higher.

Corn, courgette and spring onion.
Last year I grew courgette and corn in the spot I now have the potatoes and leeks. I miss my courgettes ('zucchini') so in Spring I'll be growing courgette again (easy to grow from seed!).

The corn grew great until frost hit them before the cobs were ready to harvest - bye bye corn.

Variety:  'Maris' Peer Seed Potatoes, Homebase, 2 kg bag for £3.49.
Above: Scabby 'Maris Peer' that were grown in an old wheelbarrow. The soil dried out contributing to unsightly scabs. Click on photo to enlarge.

Developing corn cobs... unfortunately never made it to the table as hit by frost.


  1. Beautiful harvest. I wish I had room to grow Corn and Potatoes! Nothing compares to fresh organic vegetables and it's so rewarding to grow your own!

  2. Hi there..I stumbled upon your blog while googling for pics on growing cabbage in container. You have a wonderful garden! I enjoy seeing all your wonderful veggies, esp that cabbage. I have 3 cabbage sprouts now and I hope mine will grow as well as yours in the container. It's my first time growing cabbage. Excited!