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A Good Website And My Seed Sowing Calender

Before I start today, I thought you may be interested in a website that my good friend ‘Jeff’ has set up with Catherine.  It is called “Crafts for a sustainable future” and it is fantastic.  This is what it says about it:

“Crafts for a sustainable future is a small business using willow weaving and green-woodworking, local and UK-farmed materials to promote a more sustainable future. We demonstrate and teach the crafts, make useful and decorative products and encourage bio-diversity and good habitat management. We work from two bases in Leicester and Cambridge”.

I love all the information on this website and the page about ‘foraging’ reminded me of when Jeff and Catherine took me around our local park.  I was absolutely astounded by the things that grow wild that we can eat, especially beacuse I had walked past them many times without realising that they were edible.  It was such an enjoyable evening that I won’t forget, so thank you Jeff and Catherine.

You can find their website here.

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It’s been another busy weekend.

I did my usual batch baking yesterday and made fruit scones for my daughter’s lunchbox:

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I buttered them and put them in the freezer on a tray, until they were frozen.  I then transferred them into a freezer bag, ready for the week ahead.  It’s easy to pop a frozen scone into my daughter’s lunch box each morning and it’s defrosted by lunchtime.

You can find the recipe here.

My first wallflowers this year in bloom

My first wallflowers this year in bloom

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This weekend I syphoned my first homemade wine into bottles.  I paid £10 in the Christmas sales for a starter kit and I then purchased six wine bottles and some re-usable corks, which came to £6.  I managed to get 5½ bottles of wine out of it, so this worked out at £2.90 per bottle, which I thought was pretty cheap.

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We thought we would try the half bottle of wine straight away and I’ve got to say it was really nice.  So I definately will be making some more.

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My daughter came to my allotment yesterday with me and she noticed there was some frog spawn in the pond.  It seems to be late this year, I assume it is due to the cold spring weather.

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I love frogs as they eat lots of snails.  I was lucky to catch the following photograph last year, which shows a frog eyeing up it’s dinner:

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Seeds I have already sown this year:

I thought it may be interesting for people to see what vegetables I have sown so far this year.  I try to pick crops that we like to eat and I like to grow.  I also like to try a different fruit or vegetable each year, this year I am trying to grow melons in my polytunnel.

I occaisionally buy special varieties that I think are particularly good to grow, but usually my choice is dictated by the seeds I manage to buy in the sales at the end of the year.

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I start most of my seeds in pots on my windowsill at home, or my heated greenhouse, or my plastic ‘mini’ greenhouse that has no heat.

I love to grow my crops from seed, as it gives me an enormous sense of acheivement and self satisfaction, especially when I serve my vegetables at meal times.

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So here is a list of what I have sown so far:

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Crop Variety Date sown
Broad beans Aquadulce 09-Jan
onions Bedfordshire champion 09-Jan
Basil Sweet genovese 09-Jan
Coriander For leaf 09-Jan
Leeks Musselburgh 09-Jan
Peppers California wonder 09-Jan
Celeriac Brilliant 25-Feb
Lettuce Webbs wonderful 25-Feb
shallots 06-Feb
Cauliflower All year round 25-Feb
Cabbage Robinson champion 25-Feb
Brussells Igor 07-Mar
Red Cabbage –  Summer Kalibos 07-Mar
Cucumber-greenhouse Euphya 07-Mar
Pea (Dwarf) Meteor 07-Mar
Coriander For leaf 07-Mar
Tomato-greenhouse Wladeks / Moneymaker 26-Feb
Basil Sweet genovese 07-Mar
Cape Gooseberry (variety not known) 07-Mar
Onion sets Turbo 27-Mar
Spring onions White lisbon 17-Mar
Indian spicy cress (variety not known) 17-Mar
Lettuce Webbs wonderful 17-Mar
Cauliflower All year round 17-Mar
Potatoes Marfona 09-Apr
Potatoes Picasso / Desiree 20-Apr
carrots (variety not known) 09-Apr
Tomato Outdoor girl 05-Apr
Parsnips Gladiator 05-Apr
Beetroot Boltardy 05-Apr
Spring onions Shimonita 17-Apr
Spring Brocoli 05-Apr
Khol Rabi Azure star 05-Apr
Pea (Climbing) Pea shooter 06-Apr
Pea (Dwarf) Mixed – saved seed 06-Apr
Mangetout 06-Apr
Basil Sweet genovese 05-Apr
Coriander For leaf 05-Apr
Radish Sparkler3 09-Apr
Swede Ruby 17-Apr
Butternut Squash Hunter 17-Apr
Turnips Purple top milan 18-Apr
lettuce Webbs wonderful 17-Apr
Pumpkin Hundred weight 17-Apr
Patty Pans Sunburst squash 17-Apr
Courgettes Black beauty 17-Apr
Pea (Dwarf) Onward 18-Apr
Mixed salad leaves 18-Apr
Melon Outdoor wonder 18-Apr
Cauliflower All year round 18-Apr
Perpetual spinach 17-Apr
Gherkins Diamant 18-Apr

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I will put this information on a ‘page’ at the top of my blog, in the next week,  so it doesn’t get ‘lost’ in the many blog posts I write.  I will also include a list of the seeds I have planned to sow over the next few months too.

Hopefully this will help anyone that is unsure of what they want to grow and when to grow it.

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Thank you for reading my blog today.

Saturday Is ‘Bump The Blog’ Day

Today is ‘Bump the Blog’ day.

I pick a different blog each week, that I particularly enjoy reading.  I then post a link for you to check it out, to see if it interests you too.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, talking about subjects of all kinds.  Each person spends time and energy updating their blogs and it is lovely getting views and comments in return.

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Todays blog  is called ‘Frugal Living UK’

In the ‘About Us’ section it says:

“As a single man fast approaching 40 I have moved from London to a rural retreat in the depths of the beautiful East Lancashire countryside. The move has left me skint but with a richness to my life that cannot be measured in monetary terms.  I have found my home, where I was meant to be and this blog is about my new journey in life towards a simplistic, frugal and healthier lifestyle”.

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I particularly like the post dated Wednesday 12th December, as it features the ‘Blue Peter Advent Candles’ which were lit each week leading upto Christmas.  As a child in the early 1970’s, it was so so exciting when they lit the candles as it meant it was soon Christmas.  Kids today would think we were mad getting excited at this, but it is one of my fond childhood memories.

You can find the blog here.  I’m sure you will enjoy the blog too.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my blog this week.

I will be back on Monday at approximately 7.30 pm.

Next week I will be showing you how I make a Gingerbread House for my daughters to decorate, Christmas crackers and school ‘Teacher Gifts’.  There will be lots of other things too.

Please remember that Christmas should not be stressful, it should be enjoyable.

Saturday Is Bump The Blog Day

Today is ‘Bump the Blog’ day.

I pick a different blog each week, that I particularly enjoy reading.  I then post a link for you to check it out, to see if it interests you too.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, talking about subjects of all kinds.  Each person spends time and energy updating their blogs and it is lovely getting views and comments in return.

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Todays blog  is called ‘Mias Landliv’

In the ‘About Us’ section it says:

“My blog is called Mia´s Country Living. I live on a smallholding in Norway with
my husband, two cats, some sheep and a few hens. I blog about my country living,
my garden, home, decorating and patchwork projects”

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I love looking at the photographs on her blog, as her house is so beautiful.  I dream of living in a house like hers.  She is brilliant at crafting too and when you look at the photo’s you can see many stunning things that she has made.

You can find the blog here.  I’m sure you will love her blog too.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my blog this week. 

I will be back on Monday at approximately 7.30 pm.

Saturday Is Bump The Blog Day

Today is ‘Bump the Blog’ day.

I pick a different blog each week, that I particularly enjoy reading.  I then post a link for you to check it out, to see if it interests you too.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, talking about subjects of all kinds.  Each person spends time and energy updating their blogs and it is lovely getting views and comments in return.

Todays blog  is called ‘Cook Up A Story’

This is what it says about it:

“You can never stop learning about healthy eating. Something new is always coming up.Vinny Grette keeps you in the know. He’ll tell you where to find great stories and articles where food sets the mood, as well as tasty recipes to keep you sharp and strong.  The whole family can read Vinny’s stories to get a handle on food basics”.

I only came across this blog this week, as Vinny had linked to my Chocolate Beetroot Cake recipe.  I think the blog is really different from every other blog I have read and I really reading it.

You can find the blog here.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have.

I also hope you have enjoyed reading my blog this week.  I will be back on Monday at approximately 7.30 pm.

Saturday Is Bump The Blog Day

Today is ‘Bump the Blog’ day.

I pick a different blog each week, that I particularly enjoy reading.  I then post a link for you to check it out, to see if it interests you too.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, talking about subjects of all kinds.  Each person spends time and energy updating their blogs and it is lovely getting views and comments in return.

Todays blog  is called ‘Bowerbird Blue’.

In the ‘About Us’ section it says:

I love old things and the stories that they tell. I am passionate about environmental education for kids. Just like my nannas, I feel most at home in the garden, hands in the earth, flowers and children at my side.

I like this blog as the photographs are so beautiful.

You can find the blog here.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

I hope you enjoyed reading my blog this week.  I will be back on Monday at approximately 7.30 pm.

Saturday is ‘Bump The Blog Day’

Today is ‘Bump the Blog’ day.

I pick a different blog each week, that I particularly enjoy reading.  I then post a link for you to check it out, to see if it interests you too.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, talking about subjects of all kinds.  Each person spends time and energy updating their blogs and it is lovely getting views and comments in return.

Todays blog  is called ‘Sarina’s Allsorts’.

In the ‘About Us’ section it says:

“Qualified Housekeeper and Retired Middle Eastern Dance Facilitator, now working for a dry cleaning company.
Keen recycler, cyclist, walker, camper, and cook,
trying to live a simple and frugal way of life.
I live with my partner, his youngest, grown up son and my cat.
Getting used to becoming a Grandmother in March 2013″
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I like this blog as she talks about all sorts of different things.

You can see her blog here.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do.

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I hope you enjoyed reading my blog this week.  I will be back on Monday at approximately 7.30 pm.

Saturday Is Bump The Blog Day

Today is ‘Bump the Blog’ day.

I pick a different blog each week, that I particularly enjoy reading.  I then post a link for you to check it out, to see if it interests you too.

There are so many wonderful blogs out there, talking about subjects of all kinds.  Each person spends time and energy updating their blogs and it is lovely getting views and comments in return.

Today I thought I’d ‘bump’ a fairly new blog that shows real promise.  As all bloggers know, it’s hard to get people to view your blog when you first begin writing.

Todays blog  is called ‘dig the outside’. 

In the ‘About’ section it says:

I’ve started my blog as a hobby and a means of expression, to write in English rather than code and to share with other like-minded people, to provide tips and ideas for living the modern day ‘good life’. Work life balance requires effort and this blog is how I do it.

I particularly like the post on the 1st November 2012, titled ‘The Good Life 2012’

You can read the blog here.

The Poached Egg Plant
(Limnanthes douglasii)

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I hope you enjoyed reading my blog this week.

  I will be back on Monday at approximately 7.30 pm.