Category Archives: Kitchen Garden

NuMex Twilight and F1 Vampire Chilli Peppers

My fine crop of NuMex Twilight and F1 Vampire Chilli Peppers. I have 2 plants of each, but this year only a very small crop. I did seed them a bit late and the Sun was an infrequent visitor during the mid to late Spring.

Next year I’m seed earlier and chant for sun.

Blog post by Richard Randall

SupaGarden Pressure Sprayer

I’ve been having a lot of trouble with bugs in my Kitchen Garden and on the Allotment, so I decided to invest in a SupaGarden Pressure Sprayer. I’ve used it for a few days now and it seems very robust. My only niggle is the carry strap is a bit narrow and when the sprayer is full it cuts in to my shoulder a bit. I’ll have to dig out an old camera strap to replace the one of the sprayer.


Blog post by Richard Randall

Easington Colliery Garden Centre

Our backyard in now looking more like a garden centre than the kitchen garden I’d planned.
Since I now have an allotment, I’m rethinking the backyard space. I’m going to keep it just for herbs and some salad plants from now on. Next year the beans and sunflowers that are happily growing in the backyard will be planted up in the allotment, which will free up a lot of space in the back yard, or yarden as the Mrs calls it.

So far the kitchen garden is doing very well. The herbs are all strong and healthy, and the courgettes are growing to a good size. I’ve even had a small crop of peas, which were very tasty.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Going Potty in Easington Colliery

My little kitchen garden is coming along nicely. So far I’ve planted out:

  • Okra (Clemson’s Spineless)
  • Climbing Beans (Borlotto Lingus di Fuoco)
  • Mustard (Golden Frills)
  • Courgette (F1 Hybrid)
  • Good King Henry
  • Basil
  • Dwarf Beans (Purple Teepee)
  • Cumin
  • Spring Onoins
  • Chamomile (Matricaria)
  • Golden Purslane
  • Pot Marjoram
  • Chervil
  • Welsh Onion
  • Salsify (Mammoth)
  • Burnet
  • Borage
  • Pea (Kelvedon Wonder)

I still have a lot of other plants in propagators, which I will plant out once they are big and healthy.
I’m really looking forward to cooking the vegetables and herbs that I’ve grown myself, no chemicals or anything bad, just clean and healthy food, and hopefully the taste will exceed my expectations.
Now all I need is lots of warm sunny days so that the plants can thrive and grow.
Kitchen Garden

Blog post by Richard Randall

Seed Sensation

On Monday I ordered some seeds from The Organic Gardening Catalogue.
Today I decided to get seeding. Some seeds went into seed propagators that live in the spare bedroom, and others I sowed directly in to pots outside. Here are the seeds I ordered:
1 x CHAMOMILE Matricaria
1 x PURSLANE Golden
1 x SAGE
1 x SALSIFY Mammoth
1 x SAVORY Summer
1 x SORREL Broad leaved
The backyard is now starting to look like the kitchen garden that I intend it to be. There are still a good number of plants to pot. I have 16 different plants in the propagators and will use at least a couple of each. I also have a dozen small pots ‘Cold Acclimatizing’ in the kitchen.
It will soon be time to pay another visit to Richardsons Garden Centre, and purchase a lot more big plant pots, and compost.
I’m hoping my fingers are green.

Blog post by Richard Randall

Richard and the Beanstalk

My plans for World Domination are not going so well, but my plans for a small Kitchen Garden are coming along just fine.
A second trip to Richardsons Garden Centre saw me return home with six bags of compost, a few plants, and several pots.
The seeds I’d put in trays last week are also coming along very well. In fact the Dwarf Beans (Purple Teepee) have shot up so fast, I’ve had to replant them in larger posts. I also planted a couple outside, just to see how well they will do. Fingers crossed on that one.
The backyard is slowly but surely turning into a small kitchen garden. I now have a couple of different mint plants, a blueberry bush, thyme, rosemary, and I’ve also sown spring onions. Once again I need to revisit the garden centre to purchase some more pots and also some canes for the beans to grow up.
Roll on harvest time. 🙂


Blog post by Richard Randall

Kitchen Garden Springs to Life

Spring is here, and my mind is now fixed on creating a small kitchen garden in our backyard here in Easington Colliery.
The other week I headed just up the road to RIchardsons Garden Centre (Stockton Rd, Seaham, Co Durham SR7 8RW Phone:0191 581 8181) to buy some plants, soil, and seeds in preparation for what I hope will be the growing of some good food.
Then, typically the weather changed overnight from warm and bright to dense fog, so I temporarily delayed my grand plan for a Kitchen Garden, until now.
© the last of the fog has finally lifted, and while it is not exactly warm and sunny, I thought it was time to get a couple of herbs in pots (Thyme and Rosemary) and seeds in trays to propagate. The seed trays are living in the house until the plants are a good size and the weather is warm enough for them to be planted outside.
© far I’ve sown broccoli, various beans, mint, basil, chili peppers, spring onions, and aubergines, and I have plans for more. I just hope the weather does not scupper those plans.
It will be good to eat food that I know is healthy, chemical free and does involve a drive to the supermarket.
Bring on the warm weather!

Blog post by Richard Randall

Wormery. From Waste to Taste

I’m planning on starting a small kitchen garden in our backyard next Spring, so decided I would start a wormery this Autumn, so that come Spring I’ll have a good supply of plant food.
The WormCity wormery I’d ordered arrived this morning, and I got straight on with setting it up. It was very straight forward. I soaked the coir block in warm water until is became almost like a wet powder, a sludge, and then lined a tray with it.
Then I added the worms, and some worm food, and them covered with damp newspaper.
The wormery is now assembled, and in place, so now all I have to do is wait for a couple of weeks before I can start adding kitchen vegetable waste to it which will then get converted in to compost for later use.
It will be good seeing the waste recycled back into food, and not just being thrown into the rubbish bin.

Roll on the middle of next year, when hopefully we’ll be eating our own homegrown foods.
By Richard Randall