Monthly Archives: March 2014

Popping up

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Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when your seeds start popping up from their little pots? A little seed, a pot, compost and a drink of water and up they come. Obviously a little warmth helps too, but it’s not rocket science.

Here’s are a little collection of flowers and vegetables from my allotment poly tunnel. I check them everyday and get so giddy when they emerge from the soil. It’s so exciting to watch them growing bigger and stronger.

(Don’t tell anyone, but I even say “good morning” to them when I walk into my poly tunnel). Hey what can I say? I was brought up to be polite!

Finally purple sprouting broccoli and Spring supper is served.

My 6 year old daughter has waited for 50 weeks and finally the day has come! She can fill her little face with Purple Sprouting Broccoli. Funny how a 6 year old can get so excited about eating vegetables, but she does.

It’s one of our favourite meals for two reasons, one it’s simple and tastes lovely and two it means spring is finally here!

Quick and easy Spring Supper.

Purple sprouting broccoli
Curly kale smallest leaves are the best
Chard
Fresh oregano
Garlic
Olive oil
Pasta
Salt and pepper to taste
Smoked salmon fillet, but it works wonderfully as a vegetarian dish too!

Cook the pasta, gently wilt the veg in a frying pan with olive oil, add the herbs and garlic at the end, toss pasta into the pan and serve, easy!

And not one drop of chemical was used making these vegetables grow, honestly you simply don’t need them! A tiny bit of effort is needed with hoeing and watering and you can feed your family and yourself vegetables which aren’t laced in filth!

The time is now – Go and plant a seed, it’s easy!

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Guess what I’m about to do…

The sun is out, but the wind is still nippy in the North West of the UK. But I cannot wait any longer. It’s time to sow peas! Actually not just peas, there’s plenty to get going right now.

I’ve been busy sowing plenty of things

Tomato – Tigerella and Money Maker
Red Brussels Sprouts – Red Bull
Red cabbage – Primero F1
Sunflower – Velvet Queen
Purple sprouting Broccoli
A spicy salad mix (sown into a bed in the poly tunnel)
Sweet pea – Giant Wave and Perfume Duet (grandiflora)
And of course my daughters favourite Peas – Greenshaft

Don’t forget little and often when your sowing, otherwise you will everything at once! (I’m very guilty of sowing too much at once) this year I’m going to be good, a tray every 2 weeks! – well that’s the plan…

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Globe artichokes (Cynara scolymus) are drunk…

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I can only assume my Artichokes are drunk! I have a raised bed which is stuffed with them, I like to grow them for the bees, which adore the huge flowers in summer. Massive purple thistle like heads open up around July time. They are so massive they look like they are straight from Jurassic times. I can only assume it’s been so mild this winter they think it’s early summer and have grown their huge buds early!

I hope this won’t affect the plants through the year, I’m not entirely sure what to do. They have been there for about 8 years so maybe with age they get confused. It could be time to sow some more incase they die this year? Have you noticed anything odd in your garden or plot, would love to hear from you.

Time to empty the compost heap

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What a big job, I’m so glad it’s done! I have, like many allotment growers, raised beds. Some of which aren’t exactly raised, in fact, you could say are sunken.

Well today I have emptied my compost heap and filled my last ‘sunken raised bed’. I’ve being filling that heap all of 2013, a mix of kitchen scraps, old weeds, horse manure, cuttings, cardboard even dust from my Hoover.

Now the bed is finally filled, the key is to leave it to settle before doing any planting. It will sink a little whilst it settles and obviously is going to need regular hoeing as any weed seeds start to wake up. But it’s full of promise.

Now to start work on the new heap, the gardening wheel turns again! Happy gardening my friend! X