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Our vegetable patch started with just a small area in our back garden in 2009 and 2010; then it expanded to just 2 small strips of ground at both sides of our back garden in 2011. After 3 years of experimenting, learning and enjoying the fruits of our love and labour, we’re ready to have our own little back garden “allotment” and dug up all the lawn, remove a giant oak tree, woodshed and uplevel the ground and existing garden shed. It was like this in 2011..

2011 VegPatch 1

2011 VegPatch 2

We had decided to invest in a good greenhouse and made the order for it to be delivered after I return from a visit to Malaysia in June 2012. In the meantime, Dunster had started work on the garden with the help of our wonderful neighbour. Dunster updated me with photos every few days on the progress of the makeover..

makeover 1

Makeover 2

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New Greenhse

Setting up the greenhouse was sort of like a jigsaw puzzle and it took them sometime to figure it all out. But once it started, it progressed quite smoothly, except for installing the glass..
Luckily, a good friend of Dunster’s who’s an expert in glass setting came to help us out.

Makeover 3

Makeover 4

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The overview from our kitchen window’s so heartwarming and I’m so proud of Dunster for what he and our neighbour have achieved. As well as our friend..
We are extremely grateful and thankful for the help of these guys.. 🙂

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We’ve moved our old rainwater barrel from near the house to the greenhouse and we bought a new larger rainwater barrel. We get a lot of rain in the Netherlands and it’s not only cheaper but better to water the plants with rainwater rather than tapwater.

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We had many nice sunny days during the makeover except the weekend where the glass was supposed to be placed into the greenhouse frame..
These are some pictures of our vegetables, herbs and harvest of 2012..

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An overview of the patch

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lettuce leaves, little gem romaine salad leaves, chinese choisum

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chinese cabbage – this didn’t work – the leaves were totally eaten up by millions of caterpillars!!

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brussel sprouts – this also didn’t work – the leaves were totally eaten up by millions of caterpillars!!

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haricot verts given by a friend

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various herbs

chillies n thaibasil

shark’s fin melon – it creep too quickly and fruits kept on dropping off and in the end, there was nothing..

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courgettes

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a row of leeks, cabbages and sprouts, courgettes

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just a lovely plant.. 🙂

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it was supposed to be haricot verts but turned out to be french beans – given by a friend – and this just grew and grew and grew.. pretty good crop from just this 1 plant.. 🙂

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another overview

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tomatoes on both sides..

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just a lovely and happy overview..

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lemongrass (foreground) and chillies (no chillies tho)..

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tomatoes

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red cabbage leaves and rucola / rocket

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leeks

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everything growing well in the greenhouse

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haricot verts growing well too

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so are the green leaves – choisum

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oh yes, lots of tomatoes with a red one!! 🙂

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french beans still growing!!

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nice crop of courgettes with some turning into marrows!!

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small crop of carrots – not so good this year.. 🙁

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just herbs.. 😛

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Some of the results from our harvest of 2012.. 😀

choisum stirfry and noodles

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lettuce and egg salad with shrimp couscousMackerel Shrimp CousCous wif Homegrown Salad n Egg

hot & spicy rucola pasta soup

Rucola Pasta Soup

spinach and chard riceYinChoi Fan

courgettes and fried rice

Eggy Nasi Goreng Kecap n Courgette

little gem and smoked salmon couscous

lilgem couscous

french beans

frenchbeans

a carrot

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baked chicken with tomatoes, leeks, courgettes and carrotsBaked Chicken & Veggie Casserolecourgettes and runnerbeans

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tomatoes

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runnerbeans

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chinese fried riceFried Rice wif Chinese Sausages RunnerBeans Carrotsvegetarian rice noodles with carrots and courgettesBraised Mushrooms n Bean Vermicellileeks, pear and mustard porkLeeks Pear n Mustard Pork

oven-dried tomatoes

Oven-dried Tomatoes

ragout for spaghetti

Ultimate Ragù Spaghetti Tomatoes

green and red tomato chutney

Mixed Tomato Chutney

leeks and potato soup

Leeks & Potato Soup

rainbow chards

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It’s been a busy but a wonderful year with an abundant harvest of crops. We hope that we can continue to learn, progress and grow more organic vegetables..

this is what this winter was like – lots of snow!!

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But the greenhouse and patch’s ready for 2013.. 🙂

 

 



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