Today I cleared the main pea patch as I really need the space for winter brassicas. There were many fat pods hidden away that were past their best for eating raw so we had them cooked for tea tonight. The first time we’ve ever had cooked home-grown peas as they normally get gobbled before they reach the kitchen. The surprise was that, although large, they tasted really nice. Different to frozen or tinned peas which I suppose is accounted for by their freshness and possibly the…
After my enforced day of 'rest' from the garden yesterday, due to the rain - I have attacked all the jobs that needed doing with gusto today. I have done quite a lot of successional sowing - wild rocket, mixed salad leaves, container carrots (Amsterdam Sprint) and Autumn King plus pak choi and broad beans. They have all gone into containers that have already had crops that have been harvested. I just added fresh compost and re-sowed. I also have a late sowing of 'Hestia' dwarf runner… Continue
Another vegetable I've never grown before is the Courgette, I eat my fare share throughout the year, so I though I may as well try to grow some. The seeds for these came free with the garden magazine 'Grow Your Own', which I did plant a little late in the season around March-April. These were put into small pots filled with Multi-purpose compost, watered and then placed straight outside in a tray which could be topped up with water easily. I did tend to bring these inside during the night, as I… Continue
For the first time in weeks, except for watering the greenhouse, I have done precisely nothing in the garden or allotment. It feels very strange, this wet stuff that is coming down, can't remember the name of it for the moment. To be honest, it has been nice to have a day off.
The onions have dried out nicely, but I am thinking that I should leave them longer before I start using them, as they can be pretty strong when they are young. I usually grow enough to last through the winter, so I don't want to start using them too early and have none left for the winter months.
At the rate I'm picking runners I will have to come up with ideas for using them. I prefer them just as a veg but I know Delia Smith has a runner bean chutney recipe, so I may have to resort to using it.
At last we have had some rain, quite a heavy downpour, after weeks on no rain at all. It is such a pain having to water everything every night, but I guess the rain we have had won't be enough and I'll be back to watering again after a couple of days.
After a few weeks (months) of having put any kind of online activity on hold (and most other activities aswell), I now find myself with a bit more time to spare and have a bit more normality to my life again, so some level of service has been resumed.
I've penned a couple of updates to my blog in the last couple of weeks, and am hoping to keep it up to date for a while at least :)
I've grown various types of chard for the last few years and had moderate success but this year's crop is fantastic. This is the variety White Silver 2 and the plant stood nearly three feet tall when lifted. The stalks were firm with no hint of stringiness and were used in both a stir-fry and as a steamed vegetable.…
The time has come, tonight I pulled up the Carrots that have been growing since February. After pushing away some of the dirt surrounding the Carrots to check that they had turned orange, I then slowly pulled one of the Carrots to check it had grown correctly. I was so excited to find they had and then slowly and carefully pulled the rest out.