Vegetables were a very large part of our diet. As well as the main farm crops of potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and sweetcorn, we had a garden closer to the house with many other vegetables in season. At various stages, we had broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, okra, peas, beans, broad beans, lettuce, tomatoes, tomatillos, beetroot, silver beet, endive, mizuna, tatsoi, turnips, parsnips, swedes, capsicum, onions, leeks, eggplant, and zucchini. Over the years, there were probably a few more types of vegetables grown than I can remember tonight.
One year we even tried growing peanuts!
Mum had lots of vases and regularly arranged flowers from the garden in them. Large vases with fairly formal arrangements of flowers and foliage were placed on the plant stand near the window. Cottage-style posies of colourful flowers were in the smaller vases on the table.
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You’re lucky your farm/garden yielded so much. Ours mostly had hay fields, the hay sold to farmers with livestock. Herbs did well, and flowers that my grandmother fertilized with coffee grounds, but the clay soil was too hard for good vegetable growing. Molly http://mollyscanopy.com/
We live in an area with deep fertile loamy soils so vegies grow very well.
It would be much more of a challenge in your clay!
Visiting from my own plot No190 on the AtoZ
So fortunate and healthy. Do you still maintain a garden? I have a few token tomato plants and some impressively hardy mint, that’s about it.
I have few vegetables in my garden at present, mainly just herbs, fruit trees and some asparagus.
Some of those vegies were quite exotic for the times.
The variety increased over the years, Jill, particularly after Mum joined the Digger’s Club.