Thursday, 3 July 2014

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Very well actually! You may remember that back in the Spring Dorothy and her friends decided to prepare and plant up their very own vegetable patch. It was hard work, but it was really worthwhile  as they have been enjoying some of their produce already!

The potatoes were the first to be ready, they have needed an awful lot of water because - despite all the rain we have had, Dorothy's garden is on a hill and the water drains off pretty quickly. The soil is also doesn't hold water well. 

We used a fork to level the plants gently out of the soil and were really impressed with the results! The skins rubbed off beautifully. Can you think of any ideas for meals which include new potatoes?


There are lots of recipes for your Mum or Dad to try on the BBC Good Food site 



Potatoes - Dorothy asks, did you KNOW? 
  • The word potato comes from the Spanish word patata.
  • Potatoes are a vital part of many people's diet across the world.
  • Potatoes are vegetables but they contain a lot of starch (carbohydrates) that make them more like rice, pasta and bread in your diet. 
  • Potato plants are usually pollinated by insects such as bumblebees. 
  • Potatoes contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. 
  • There are thousands of different potato varieties but not all are commercially available, popular ones include Desiree, King Edward's, Charlotte and Russet. 
  • China was the leading producer of potatoes in 2010 but they originally come from South America in the Andes.
  • Potatoes don’t store very well but they are relatively easy to grow. Potatoes won't freeze even when cooked as the potato starch turns into sugar and alters the taste and texture. 
  • Potatoes are usually served hot, but sometimes cold in the form of potato chips or potato salad. 
  • One of the main causes of the Great Famine in Ireland between 1845 and 1852 was a potato disease known as potato blight. The shortage of potatoes led to the death of around 1 million people who were dependent on them as a food source. 

See how many types of potato you can find - or how many different ways of cooking potatoes you can think of?

We are trying to grow other fruit and vegetables in the garden too.


The raspberry canes look a little sad as someone went over them with the lawn mower... they are having to work hard to catch up!

Are you growing things in the garden? Or enjoying the wild plants and flowers nearby?


How does your Garden Grow?



Manneskjur

23 comments:

  1. Lots of interesting facts there. I keep meaning to grow our own potatoes - I will bear in mind that they need plenty of water.

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  2. I love potatoes and being able to harvest your own is the best feeling ever, I think they always taste way nicer knowing that you grew them yourself

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  3. looking good! Nothing beats potatoes fresh from the garden

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  4. I have to be honest, I'm not very domesticated in any way and would never grow my own veg as I'm just to lazy! lol x

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  5. I would love to grow our own veg x

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  6. Oh there is nothing quite as tasty as homegrown potatoes! I read a recipe for potato salad a few days back which had crispy bacon crumbled on top , oh my, you've set me off again!
    I've been enjoying a lot of wild flowers this week - amazing how beautiful they can be. Thanks ever so much for joining in x

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  7. Oh wow, ours are a couple opf weeks behind yours, but we have been eating the salad.

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  8. We tried to grow potatoes one year and they just didn't work. This makes me long for a potato salad and to try again!

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  9. oh well done on the potatoes. They look fabulous!

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  10. I have fond memories of potato salad made with fresh new potatoes form my grandad's veg patch. Nothing beats it.

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  11. They look great. I think they look better because Im on a carb free diet, but they look great!

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  12. Whoa thats a nice fast read about patatas. We call it patatas as well in my country. So those frozen french fries are sugary? Ugh! I love those! #hdygg

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  13. Your potatoes look gorgeous. We're growing only tomatoes and herbs this year. The slugs ate the beans, peas, spinach and lettuce...

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  14. My grandad used to grow his own vegetables and knew every single plant in his garden.....sadly he didn't pass it on to me

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  15. We're only growing tomatoes, runners, cucumbers and a solitary pepper plant this year - we usually manage potatoes, carrots and onions too but this year just haven't had the time to get started!

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  16. Home grown food just tastes so much better than shop bought! I love growing things to eat and next year plan to try growing things in hanging baskets too!

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  17. Those potatoes are looking good! Thanks for all the tips. #HDYGG

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  18. I am yet to come across a person who does not like potatoes. Yours look really good x

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  19. What a lovely post - there's nothing quite like digging up potatoes, it's like finding gold! I have an allotment that is much-loved but often a bit neglected as I juggle managing it with everything else. But my sweetcorn are looking particularly good this year, so fingers crossed!

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  20. We have no room to grow anything in our tidy garden but I wish we could!

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  21. Lovely post its great that they have learnt about growing their own food! My little boy has been growing veg at nursery and hes so excited about digging them up lol!! Your potato's look fab well done!! x

    Jess
    http://owlcrazymummy.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Lovely post and so informative. Well done for growing your own potatoes

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  23. Home grown potatoes are the best! #countrykids

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Dorothy xx