Friday, February 28, 2014

BEANS, Beans, beans

DESPITE the crazy summer weather, the beans have continued to flourish.
The really hot dry spell killed off a lot of the bad bugs which saw the beans plants shoot up about a metre.
As well as Blue Lake, the other varieties including Scarlet Runner Beans and Lazy Housewife are also going (ahem) bananas.

Monday, February 24, 2014


PUMPKINS are one of the easiest and most satisfying vegetables to grow.
Toss the seeds in, thin out the seedlings, cut off any excess globes and a few months later these wonderful orange and yellow veggies are ready to be turned into soup or roasted with and served with goats cheese and thyme.
In my new vegetable garden i did indeed toss the seeds in but neglected to thin them out enough with the result that the pumpkins are not taking over the garden, the lawn and some are even climbing up the fence and giving the beans a run for their money.
But its a great problem to have.
Now the plants are well established, i have taken down the fence and the hens can ramble around them and eat any insects silly enough to pop their heads up.
Roll on autumn.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Big Red

TOMATO time is here again.

Last night I spent a couple of hours weeding and getting rid of dead plant leaves in the Cluckingham Palace tomato bed which is chock-full of cherry tomatoes.

Sweetbite bite cherry tomatoes

It's a fun time of the year with the different varieties of tomatoes are ripening at different stages, so there's a constant supply of yummy types.

Rouge Marmalade tomatoes
The free range chef Annabelle Langbein has a great recipe for Harvest tomato sauce...