Friday, 1 August 2014

Veg Box

One of the things I love most about growing my own fruit and vegetables is sharing the produce with friends and family. This is the veg box that I took for my mum and dad earlier on this week.


There isn't huge amounts of anything, but enough for my mum and dad to get a few meals from.

The first pickings from the blueberry bushes, Maskotka tomatoes, the only ones ripening in any number at the moment, and the only two ripe plums there were on the tree at the time.


Crystal Lemon and Mini Munch cucumbers, one onion and one red onion, which is on the small side, and two shallots.


Purple Cascade French beans and St.George runner beans.


Arran Pilot and Anya potatoes.


My mum and dad may not be able to grow their own any more but they don't miss out on that home grown taste.

38 comments:

  1. that's a great veg box full of lovely fresh produce. I never did get round to growing Crystal Lemon but I plan to next year. Amanda x

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    1. I'm not keen on Crystal Lemon at all, I've only grown them this year for my dad as he really enjoyed them last year. My mum's now developed a taste for them too so it looks like they'll be on the growing list each year now.

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  2. What a fab veg box! I bet your parents were pleased to receive it. I used to give lots of stuff to one of our daughters who lives not far from us, but she and her family have inherited the gardening bug from me and they now grow so much of their own stuff that they don't need / want mine! I suppose that is a good result though.

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    1. It's nice when I can get a bit of variety in the box for them, though it's really the spuds, tomatoes and strawberries which they're very fond of. It's a great result that your daughter and her family have caught the gardening bug, it also means that you have someone to share your hobby with.

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  3. I bet your mum and dad were delighted. I'm really envious of those fat juicy blueberries..

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    1. They're really pleased to have some home grown veg, I think they miss it now that they don't have their own garden. I've picked more blueberries since, I think blueberry pancakes are on the menu this weekend.

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  4. We often have excess veg when growing our own don't we and that's a win win. I rather like the sound of blueberry pancakes too.

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    1. It's a shame they don't like courgettes, I could fill a box for them if they did. I promised Eleanor that we'd have blueberry pancakes when the blueberries were ripe and she's holding me to it.

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  5. Wow, anyone would be so lucky to receive that great looking veg box. I know your parents were delighted and you should feel extra proud of growing such fine veggies!

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    1. Thank you. I usually pop round to my parent's a couple of times a week with fresh produce at this time of year, it's nice to be able to share what I grow with them.

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  6. That's a beautiful box full of goodies. You are a wonderful Daughter x

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    1. My mum and dad were pleased. I do enjoy sharing the harvests.

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  7. It all looks good, and I'm sure much appreciated. That's more runner beans that I've picked so far. Flighty xx

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    1. My runner beans are doing really well. We've eaten some, given some to my mum and dad and frozen some. There'll be more to pick on our next visit too. The French beans aren't doing as well though, the slugs managed to get most of them, except for the purple ones.

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  8. What a great present to take them, fresh veg is always a treat, and so many different things.

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    1. I love it when there's lots of different things to pop in the box, it does make it a treat when there's a bit of variety.

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  9. That's a real veg box. So colorful, so it must be rich on nutrients. So healthy!

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    1. They do say that you should have lots of different colours on your plate so my mum and dad will be ok with this lot. I think home grown veg must be so much more healthy that anything you can buy.

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  10. Giving and receiving will keep the bond strong... your mom and dad must be delighted.

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    1. My dad grew up eating home grown veg, his parents had an allotment too so he appreciates anything home grown. I think once you taste home grown veggies, you can taste the difference from shop bought.

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  11. What an attractive looking veg Box Jo. Your parents must have been most pleased to be the recipients of such a gift. Gardening must be in the genes if they used to grow their own fruit and veg. Have either of your children inherited your green fingers or have they still to find them?

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    1. I'm afraid Eleanor's fingers are chocolate coloured and Daniel's are rarely awake before evening. They were quite enthusiastic when I first took on the allotment but that soon waned. Daniel's been happy enough to take things back to uni with him though so his enthusiasm may return when he gets a place of his own.

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  12. What a lovely box, it must be wonderful to be able to take them such nice home grown things, I bet they really appreciate it and value every single thing. I know I always treat home grown things with more respect than supermarket ones. And it all looks very healthy and blemish free. Green fingers indeed!

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    1. I love sharing what I grow, especially with my mum and dad as they don't have a garden any more so can't grow their own. It really is a treat to eat such fresh vegetables, I definitely think you can taste the difference between home grown and shop bought.

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  13. That's a great veg box, anyone would be lucky to have it. I just love home grown fruit and veg. Hope your parents enjoy their treats.

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    1. I like to get as much variety packed in as I can. It's ok at this time of year when lots of things are producing but the box might only contain potatoes at the start of the year. My mum and dad still appreciate it though.

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  14. That looks great and what a terrific gift for your parents xxx

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    1. The box comes back to be refilled at regular intervals, I do enjoy sharing what I grow.

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  15. How lovely for your Mum and Dad, reap the rewards without the hard work lol love the colour of the purple beans. xcx

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    1. It would be nice if the beans would keep their colour when they're cooked, instead they revert to a dark green, but the water they're cooked in goes a very muddy colour.

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  16. What a wonderful veg box, so colourful. I only have one ripe tomato so far! It's good to see your parents enjoying home grown, you just can't beat the taste, so much better than supermarket produce. I do like the yellow cucumbers, even though I don't eat them I love to grow them.xxx

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    1. It's nice to be harvesting such colourful things at the moment, it makes for a very nice looking veg box. It's only my bush variety tomatoes which are ripening at the moment, the rest are a way behind. I'm not keen on the taste of Crystal Lemon cucumbers, there's so many seeds in them but my mum and dad enjoy them so it's worth growing a couple of plants just for them.

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  17. How wonderful to share your fruits and veggies in this way, I am sure that your Mum and Dad must love your veg box visits. xx

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    1. My mum and dad don't eat big meals anymore so they don't need huge amounts of fruit and veg, but they appreciate all the boxes I take for them. I love to arrive with a bit of variety for them.

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  18. What a wonderful box of veg, I hope you parents were pleased! It looks beautiful too, all those wonderful colours :)

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    1. My parents are always pleased when I take them food I've grown. There's nothing better than home grown.

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  19. Lovely! That looks so fantastic. I'm jealous of the cucumbers. Do you grow them indoors or out?

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    1. I'm really pleased with the produce we're able to supply my mum and dad with this year. I have two plants of each variety of cucumber, one of each is grown in the greenhouse and one of each outdoors. They each perform about the same.

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