Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Vegetables in Pots, Bags and Boxes

As I have mentioned before, this year I have been practising growing veg in pots ready for when we move on to the barge.  I am very proud of my fruit and veg but some people suggested that it wouldn't be so good on the barge because of the wind.  Yesterday Melissa on the Hendrik gave us a post all about her fruit and veg which proves it can be done.  Check out her wonderful floating garden at
I have had to move most of my portable garden as we are having new windows fitted tomorrow.  So I thought I would show you what I am growing.  Here in the first photo we have swede, brussels, beetroot, mooli, garlic, red onions, peas, lettuce, radish, and aubergines, mostly grown in Tesco's wine bags.  Right at the back are potatoes and artichokes.

The next photo shows everything that I have moved to the centre of the garden and here we have pak choi, turnips, lettuce, carrots, spring onions, patty pans, kale, potatoes, french beans, courgettes, cherry tomatoes, peas, blueberries, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, broad beans, gooseberries and spinach.
This is the salad garden!  We have chard, beetroot, peppers, chillis, cucumbers, leeks, cherry toms, plum toms, beefeater toms, thyme and parsley.Finally outside the back door we have runner beans, cabbage, pumpkins, toms, strawberries, chilli, courgettes, bay and olive trees.  Also around the garden, dotted amongst the flowers and shrubs, are cabbages, more courgettes, butternut squash and brussels, oh and cape gooseberries and a hazelnut tree! There is nothing like walking out into the back garden and picking your own fruit and veg ready to eat!! Another fabulous floating garden can be seen on Margy's blog at http://powellriverbooks.blogspot.com/search/label/Gardening


  1. thanks for the link! But there's, errr, no C in Hendrik so the link is broken!

    I think you're well on your way to having a fantastic boat garden with this lot!

  2. Sorry Melissa, I have corrected it now. For some reason it wouldn't let me cut and paste so I had to do it from memory, getting too old for that sort of thing!!!!!! I hope I can do as well as you on the barge. I am going to take the gooseberry bush and one of the tomato plants down tomorrow to see how they do, fingers crossed!

  3. Beautiful pots and growing things. I neeeed to do more of that! One day, I'll have more time...I suppose....

  4. We have just had the first of the mange-tout, pak choi and spinach in a stir fry and absolutely delicious it was too!
    Vally, oh for the day when we can all retire and have the time do all these things that one day we are going to do!

  5. What an achievement!! How much do think will your needs be covered by your home grown stuff? Tell me more about the Tesco wine bags... I shall keep my eyes open for something similar if I know what they are.

  6. Hi Janys, As I am a vegetarian we get through mountains of veg so we will still have to go to the local greengrocer for quite a lot. He actually trades from a van in the village square three days a week and has the freshest and cheapest veg around. He also goes round the streets and delivers to all the old ladies.
    The wine bags are just bags with six compartments in to carry wine in, but they are dirt cheap (29p), breathable and just the right size. So in one bag I have six beetroots or six mooli or six swede etc etc. x

  7. I get you... that kind we get as large eco shoppers but with compartments...right?

  8. Yes, sort of. These are smaller and just for carrying six bottles, but are made out of the same material. The large eco ones could be used but would take an awful lot of compost to fill xx