The Allium Leaf Miner
If you read my blog on Friday, you will know that last week, I dug up my remaining leeks and froze then.
While I was preparing them, I found something interesting that I thought I would share with you.
I found an Allium Leaf Miner, so I took a photograph to show you.
Plants affected by the allium leaf miner tend to rot, from the damage it has caused on the plant. If you look closely on the picture above, you can see the small brown pupae, 3-4 mm long, embedded in the stem.
This is a pest that was only detected in Britain in 2002. It has been spreading rapidly since and spread to many places in the Midlands for the first time two years ago.
The allium leaf miner isn’t choosy which allium it attacks. Alliums include onions, leeks, garlic and shallots.
Last year I lost quite a few of my overwintering onions to the Allium Leaf Miner, so this year I covered them in environmesh, though it would cost too much to cover all the alliums I grow at my allotment, so I’ll have to hope for the best.
You can read all about the Allium Leaf Miner here.
The seeds I sowed on the 25th February have now all germinated and are growing well:
From left to right, I have Celeriac, greenhouse tomatoes, lobelia, lettuce, cabbage and cauliflowers.
The celeriac, tomatoes and lobelia are sitting on my windowsill inside my house and the cabbages, cauliflowers and lettuce are sitting on a heated mat in my cold greenhouse.
The seeds I grew on the 9th January are also doing well now too:
From left to right I have peppers, basil, broadbeans and onions.
The broadbeans are in my cold greenhouse (as they are an overwintering variety), and the rest are sitting on my windowsill inside.
Finally, the shallots I planted in paper pots on the 6th February, have all rooted and some are beginning to sprout:
So far, my seed sowing is going well.
I was running short of my homemade laundry liquid this week, so I made some more.
I love this liquid as it saves us so much money and it is really easy to make.
You can read how to make it here.
Today I thought I’d show you how I make homemade ‘Wraps’.
Homemade wraps are brilliant as they are so so easy to make and I have worked out that they cost just 15 pence to make…this is just under an incredible 2 pence per wrap!
The cheapest wraps I have managed to find are currently 12.6 pence per wrap, so it’s definitely cheaper to make them.
250g plain flour
1 tablespoon of olive oil
150ml warm water
Sift the flour into a bowl.
In a separate jug, add the olive oil to the warm water, then add this mix to the sieved flour and stir well until it all comes together into a ball.
Knead the ball for approximately 5 minutes. Add a little bit extra flour if the ball is too sticky.
Divide your dough ball into 8 pieces.
Heat a frying pan until it is very hot and then turn down to a medium heat.
While the pan is heating, sprinkle some flour onto your work surface and roll out a dough ball into a rough circle shape.
Put into the frying pan (with no oil) and cook for approximately 1 minute, then turn and cook for a further minute on the other side.
(Be careful not to overcook or the wraps will break when you fold them).
Leave to cool on a cooling tray.
How to fold a wrap:
Half fill the wrap with your desired filling
(in the picture I used mayonnaise, cheese and salad, but you can put whatever you normally put in your sandwiches).
Fold the top, three quarters of the way over the bottom
Fold the left side over the right side and turn the wrap over.
Then you have a perfect, homemade wrap…..Enjoy!
I’ll be back on Friday.
Thank you for reading my blog today.