Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Getting Patriotic!

Bloggers may remember last year I planted 'black' veggies as a living reminder of my lovely dog Buddy. Well, Matron has had an idea for veggie planting in 2012. I'm trying to think of veggies that are RED WHITE and BLUE to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
RED? well that's easy.. there are lots of those on the allotment.
WHITE? Well that might be a bit difficult
but I can think of a couple of veggies that might pass for white.
But BLUE? How many blue veggies can you think of? This is a heritage variety Kent Blue pea which was given to me by Sue last year.
I'm struggling with RED WHITE and BLUE fruit and veggie ideas. Can anyone suggest some?


At 7:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:40 PM, Blogger LindaG said...

Cauliflower and blueberries come to mind.
There are some sort of beans that are considered white.
There is a blue potato, not sure the name off hand.
There is a white corn. I think Silver King and Silver Queen.
I think they are heritage varieties, also.
Bean sprouts could be your white veggie, as could onions.
Garlic could be your white veggie, too. ;o)
That's about it from me. Good luck!

At 7:40 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

have you tried a french bean called Blue lake the beans are a bluey green i am growing them this year.
great idea might try this with my children.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Stacy said...

have you tried a french bean called Blue lake the beans are a bluey green i am growing them this year.
great idea might try this with my children.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Sue@G.L. Allotments said...

My thoughts for white was cauliflower and garlic too but there are also white flowered runner and French beans and today I planted some white onions. We've also grown a white beetroot called Blankoma. There's celery too.

There's a red potato called Highland Burgandy Red and a blue potato - Salad Blue? - We've also grown some purple cauliflowers that turned blue after cooking - not very appetising to look at. Blueberries as mentioned already.

Alan Romans actually has a red white and blue potato collection.

At 10:10 PM, Blogger red_shed said...

I grew a blue potato last year, blue outside and in. It's called Peru Purple. It makes very interesting bright blue mash :-)

At 12:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love how you gardeners know your veggies and their'll have your red, white and blue to honor Queen Elizabeth II in no time!

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Belinda Robinson said...

I'd opt for:
Red - strawberries (got to be!)
White - mini turnips
Blue - Congo potatoes (well, they're a bit purple really, but poetic licence!)

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Jonny Boy said...

Salad Blue potatoes! And they're a heritage variety as well, so you'd be being patriotic and historical at the same time!

At 5:07 PM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

How about some chard with big white stalks?
alternating withe red stalked variety and some blue-green kale would look almost union jack like!


At 8:03 AM, Blogger Midmarsh John said...

Have a look at the lists here Matron:

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Try the new white strawberry. Red you already have, tomatoes and as for blue try blueberries. That would give you red, white and blue fruits. Then you could do veg too. Red, white and blue potatoes. I'm sure there are loads more.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger janerowena said...

I grow a really good cucumber every year that is called 'long white', although it really isn't very long - it has a lovely lemony flavour.

I would grow blauhilde climbing french beans, they are quite prolific and I grow mine up a rose arch because the flowers are a lovely mauvey blue and they are so pretty.

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is an Edzell Blue spud. There's a Kew Blue bean from the HSL although actually they're a delicious deep purple.

There are white carrots too

Good luck


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