The Greenside Up Vegetable Garden – Video Blog

June 5, 2012
Structures in the Vegetable Garden

It’s a ‘soft’ day here – Structures in the Vegetable Garden

My Vegetable Garden (4th June 2012)

So here we are three months after my first video and it’s starting to look like a ‘proper’ vegetable garden once again. All the frames and structures are in place with seeds, seedlings and plants growing in most of the beds now.

Herbs in the Polytunnel

An insect eye’s view of the herbs

We’re picking and harvesting herbs, broad beans, lettuce, spinach and strawberries and with the warm weather a couple of weeks ago, at last we’re all noticing growth in everything. It’s been slow this year with the cold night-time temperatures causing many people I speak with problems. Even the heated benchdidn’t help us much here – my chilli seedlings are still tiny! The hope now is that the potatoes don’t succumb to blight when vegetable growers have only just got over the frost damage.

Slugs have been the most destructive pest here to date. I’ve tried egg shells (not bad), coffee (seems to deter them), organic slug pellets (see the photo on last month’s post – they were rubbish) and NemaSlug (think it was too hot for them and despite watering, the soil just not wet enough). I’m now trying a sample of Slug GoneWool Pellets around a couple of bean plants to see how they fare.

The Greenside Up Garden - 5 June 2012

The Greenside Up Garden – 5 June 2012

The best method I’ve found by far has been going out to the garden and picking the slugs off the grass surrounding the beds or even the seedlings themselves. I know Jane Powers suggested in her recent Irish Times article that the kindest way to dispose of slugs is by snipping them in half with scissors but I’m sorry, I just can’t bring myself to do it. So into a bottle of hot water it is for them 🙁 maybe my nerves will strengthen in time and I’ll try the more humane method soon.

If you have any questions, observations or comments on the methods I’m using here please feel free to ask/say. Feedback is good and I might learn something!


  • Reply Mike June 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Even with your slug issues everything is looking great and that Bordeaux spinach sounds interesting. Nice rosemary! Thanks for the garden tour…looking forward to the next one.

    • Reply greensideupveg June 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Mike, yes the Bordeaux is now my favourite spinach though once growing lasts longer outside with the cooler temperatures.

  • Reply La Vie en Rose June 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Dee, I LOVE your video blogs! You should be on the telly. It is fascinating for someone like (no veg patch) to see everything come up and see how things progress from month to month. Everything looks gorgeous, I can only imagine how good they taste after you pick them!


    • Reply greensideupveg June 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Aww thanks Sharon, I think it’s your comments that keep me going lol! It’s really not that difficult once you know the basics, and the rewards are great. Best of luck with your new venture x

      • Reply BioActive Cocopeat June 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

        Just imagine I read it twice. While I am not as skilled on this subject, I tally with your closings because they make sense. Gives Thanks and good luck to you.
        BioActive Cocopeat


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