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i frezze some broad besns runners and french beans . carrots and peas and put some spuds in deep tubs in a frost free place and cover with c...

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i froze some broad beans runners and french beans . carrots and peas late summer and put some spuds in deep tubs in a frost free place and cover with compost


I had parsnips, carrots, two types of potato, brussels, savoy cabbage, leeks and squash, all fresh from the garden (well, apart from the squash which was stored in the conservatory.)  Lovely it was too!   Pity I don't have room to keep poultry or I would have grown everything on the plate.


had fish i had  caught  . some time ago  not for christmas lunch  though


Sprouting brocolli from garden along with our leeks & apple sauce from eating apple tree, just added a squirt of lemon juice.

Just been down the garden centre for a packet of turkey seeds but they don't come in until the end of January!!!


Nothing from the garden on our table for xmas dinner but next yr.. heaps I hope. Although I do have lots of blackberries raspberries red current blackcurrants gooseberries and bramley apples in the freezer.


I have leeks and perpetual spinach in the garden, the rest of the veg is in the freezer. But on Christmas Day I bought the veg, needed enough for 16!


Been growing  our own veg at Christmas for nearly 40 years. (And for much of the rest of the year too!).


I'd love to bring something to the table next year! With grandma making so many cakes Mr. Kipling gets nervous and my partners family hosting / guarding the kitchen with their knives there's very little we can contribute (my partner might draw the line at growing my own chicken though).


Carrots, leeks and sprouting broccolli Forgot to plant potatoes for Xmas

Planted the Duck tape, but the seeds haven't worked


Artjak & oldchippy


A Happy New Year to all of you gardeners out there.


And the same to you oldchippy


We had carrots which we stored in sand, parsnips, kale, sprouts, swede.  I would have had peas and beans from the freezer but forgot to cook them.  Our spuds failed this year so had to resort to shop bought varieties.  The rest was all from the allotment.  I could have also added leeks but we had those boxing day so not technically for our Christmas meal.

Mind you though, veggies fresh from the allotment are far superiour in taste than those from the supermarket.


What's the best way to store veggies? excluding the freezer. I tried pots and onions in the garage without very good results. Thanks.



My onions store very well in the garage. They must be really well dried when you harvest them. I just put them in wooden fruit trays.

Thanks BL- I can see where I went wrong they weren't dry enough and being in a cloth bag probably didn't help.

Plot resolution #2 ...Christmas dinner 2014, will be 75% allotment grown ...I'm going to plan plot26a accordingly :O)

Hi ,

I used to cook Christmas dinner for the 3 of us, but since growing our own carrots, parsnips, potatoes and sprouts, relatives love the home grown veg, so now Christmas dinner is for 12 plus a new baby. They have already booked in again for this year.

If you want to grow veg for Christmas, can I suggest you plant a bit more, just in case.

Happy gardening 

No expert

Had our own potatoes, carrots, parsnips, leeks and onions for christmas last year.

Must get some of thoseTurkey seeds.

Never had any refusals from anyone I offered fresh veg or rhubarb to. You will always get asked "are they difficult to grow?". More difficult than getting them for nothing!