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.
It’s been another busy weekend.
I did my usual batch baking yesterday and made fruit scones for my daughter’s lunchbox:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
So here is a list of what I have sown so far:
|Cauliflower||All year round||25-Feb|
|Red Cabbage – Summer||Kalibos||07-Mar|
|Tomato-greenhouse||Wladeks / Moneymaker||26-Feb|
|Cape Gooseberry||(variety not known)||07-Mar|
|Spring onions||White lisbon||17-Mar|
|Indian spicy cress||(variety not known)||17-Mar|
|Cauliflower||All year round||17-Mar|
|Potatoes||Picasso / Desiree||20-Apr|
|carrots||(variety not known)||09-Apr|
|Khol Rabi||Azure star||05-Apr|
|Pea (Climbing)||Pea shooter||06-Apr|
|Pea (Dwarf)||Mixed – saved seed||06-Apr|
|Turnips||Purple top milan||18-Apr|
|Patty Pans||Sunburst squash||17-Apr|
|Mixed salad leaves||18-Apr|
|Cauliflower||All year round||18-Apr|
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.
Thank you for reading my blog today.