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Wood Anemone’s, Tulip’s & The Results Of My ‘Week Of Main Meals For Under £10.00’

Today I planted some Wood Anemone’s (Anemone nemorosa) in my woodland area.  I bought these with the last of my birthday money, in the hope I will have enjoyment from them for years to come (and hopefully I can take root cuttings over the years to expand my stock for free).

The Wood Anemone is a native British wildflower and looks beautiful in the spring, when they are planted in drifts.  They are a hardy perennial that will tolerate most soil types and the Royal Horticultural Society gave it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

You can read about Wood Anemone’s here and also see a picture of how beautiful they are.

The root cuttings that were sent to me look like little bits of stick.  I soaked them for a couple of hours in a small pot.

I then planted them horizontally, approximately one inch below the soil.

I’m looking forward to seeing them in the spring.


I also planted some tulip bulbs at my allotment today.  They were a free gift that I received with the rambling rose that I planted at the beginning of the week.  I planted them approximately 15cm deep at the corners of my woodland area.  They are supposed to be a peach colour, but that is all I know about them.

Tulips are best planted in November which is later than most bulbs, as a late planting can help reduce problems with the disease ‘tulip fire’.

Tulip fire is a fungal disease which causes brown spots and twisted and distorted leaves on the tulip.  It is named ‘tulip fire’ because the plants look like they have been scorched by fire.

You can read about ‘Tulip Fire’ here.


We also had a large delivery of leaves to our allotment this week, so I filled some bags with them and managed to fill my two black ‘dalek’ compost bins, so hopefully next year I will have some lovely leaf mould to mulch some of my beds over the winter.


Just a quick reminder, it is ‘Rememberence Sunday’, (sometimes known as ‘Poppy Day’) on Sunday, please don’t forget to buy your poppies.  This is what the ‘Royal British Legion’ says on their website:

  The Royal British Legion was formed in 1921 to support the veterans of the Great War.  Since then, Britain has been involved in many other wars and fields of Service, creating a continuous supply of Service men and women, and their families, who need our assistance. We are recognised as the Nation’s custodians of Remembrance.

A Wonderful Gentleman Selling Poppies.


A Week Of Main Meals For Under £10.00

For those who haven’t been following my blog this week, I thought I would set myself a challenge of cooking seven main meals for my family, for under £10.00. If I can do this, it will show people that we can and do actually live well on less’.

To keep the costs down, I have been using my home grown vegetables and in the style of ‘Ready Steady Cook’, I have free use of store cupboard items, which can be found here, on Monday’s post.


Tonight I cooked ‘Toad In The Hole’.  I served it with some more of the enormous swede, that I picked on Tuesday, together with carrots and curly kale that I picked this morning from my allotment (I don’t think anyone can accuse us of not eating enough vegetables in this house).

 You can find the recipe for the Toad In The Hole here.

The only expense was for eight sausages and the rest of the ingredients were from my store cupboard items and the vegetables were homegrown.

 So this meal only cost me £0.80 to make.


As it’s Saturday tomorrow, I decided to plan tomorrows meal and write about it today.

Tomorrow we will be having a ‘take away pizza’ night.  I will be cooking a pizza exactly like the one in the picture below, (but without the Olympic rings).

The recipe for my pizza is here.

I will serve it with homemade potato wedges and salad from my polytunnel.

The only ingredient I will be paying for, will be the grated mozzarella cheese that costs £2.00


Below is my expenditure for our seven family main meals this week:  

Sunday = £ 3.33

Monday = £ 0.87

Tuesday = £0.00

Wednesday = £0.63

Thursday = £1.65

Friday = £0.80

Saturday = £2.00


So the total for the week is (drum roll please) an amazing £9.28!

I am really pleased with this amount and I have proved I can actually cook seven, healthy main meals for under £10.00, for a family of four people.

I hope this has given you some ideas to eat cheaply.


Tomorrow I will be serving Potato wedges with the pizza I am making.  Potato wedges are really easy to make and taste just as good as the ones you buy from the supermarket.



Potato Wedges Recipe


4 large potatoes

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon ground cumin

¾ teaspoon ground mild chili powder

1 teaspoon mixed herbs


Preheat your oven gas mark 7 / 220C / 425F

Give the potatoes a good scrub to clean them.

Cut each potato into quarters, long ways.

Cut each quarter into thirds.

Mix the olive oil and herbs and spices together.

Pour the mixture over the potatoes and ensure all the potatoes are covered.

Put the potatoes on a greased baking sheet.

Cook for 25 minutes until the potatoes are golden brown and soft.



Thank you for reading my blog today.

The Allium Leaf Miner and Homemade Pizza

Today at my allotment I weeded around my cauliflower plants.

The plants were getting too big for the environmesh that I put over them, so I re-covered them with a bigger piece that had recently been covering my other cauliflowers, which I pulled up last week.

The same thing had happened to my curly kale, it was getting too big for the cage it was in, so I had to build a new cage for it and I covered it with some bigger netting.

I will have to remember to make the cages bigger next year.

I visited a nursery in Queniborough today with my dad.  I managed to buy some lettuce plants, which I planted in my polytunnel and some overwintering onions.  Both were £2.00 per tray which is a real bargain.

I planted the onions on my allotment, in an area where my first cauliflowers grew this year.

I normally buy onion sets to overwinter, but last year’s were so awful, I decided to buy overwintering onions that had been grown from seed this year.  I have read that onions grown from seed grow into stronger plants.  I don’t know if this is true but I thought I’d give it a try.

Last year’s overwintering onions failed miserably, due to the allium leaf miner.  So this year I have covered them in environmesh.

Information about the Allium Leaf Miner (Phytomyza gymnostoma)

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 last year. 

The allium leaf miner isn’t choosy which allium it attacks.  Alliums include onions, leeks, garlic and shallots.


The first sign is distinctive lines of white dots on the foliage.  This is where the adult fly (3mm long) has sucked the sap before it lays its eggs.

Next the white headless and legless maggots, approximately 5-8mm long, tunnel in the stems and bulbs of the plant.  I found them by cutting the bulb open.

Note:  The maggots are different to the leek moth.  The leek moth is white with a brown head and small legs.

Plants affected by the allium leaf miner tend to rot, from the damage it has caused on the plant.  If you look closely you may see the small brown pupae, 3-4 mm long, embedded in the stem or bulb.


The flies have two generations each year.  The adult flies lay their eggs in March / April and the next generation lay their eggs September to November.

The pupae overwinters in the plant or in the soil.

In the spring, the adults emerging from the pupae, lay eggs at the base of the allium stems. The first generation of larvae feed in April and May. The second generation is likely to feed in mid-September.

Chemical control:

There isn’t a chemical available to the amateur gardener that will control the pest

Non-chemical control:

Cover with fleece or environmesh when the adult flies are active (March – April and September – November).

Make sure you rotate your crops as the pupae may emerge as adult flies underneath your fleece if you keep your onions in the same place.



For tea tonight we had a nice homemade pizza for a treat.

Pizza is very cheap and easy to make and tastes as nice as the well known ‘Hut’ that can be found in every town.

My Olympic Pizza Last Month

The best bit about it, is you can tailor each pizza to each persons individual taste if you want.  For example, tonight my pizza had green peppers on, my eldest daughters had ham and leftover roast beef on, my husbands had ham on and my youngest daughter had a pizza made with dairy free cheese (due to her dairy / lactose intolerance).  It really was quite easy to do.

I make the dough for the base in my bread maker, but the same ingredients can quite easily be mixed in a bowl and kneaded for 10 minutes and then left to prove.


Pizza Dough Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 tablespoon margarine

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

2 ¾ cups strong white flour

1 tablespoon of fast action dried yeast

A little bit of olive oil


Mix the dough by hand or with a breadmaker.

Roll the dough either into a large pizza base or smaller bases.

Put on a greased baking sheet or pizza pan.

Brush some olive oil over the pizza base or bases.

Leave for 20 minutes.

Spread a pizza sauce over the base.  You can find my pizza sauce recipe here (it’s the same recipe as pasta sauce).

Top with whatever you choose and then mozzerella cheese, either grated or sliced.

Sprinkle with basil and organo to give it an italian pizza taste.

Cook for 14 minutes on gas mark 6 / 400F / 204C


Tonight, I served the pizza’s with a jacket potato and a nice homegrown salad.

Thank you for reading my blog tonight.