Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Thursday, 17 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Amanda x
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Nigella Lawson makes a similar mince pie but a different pastry. When you serve them you can sprinkle some icing sugar.
Friday, 27 November 2009
150g plain flour
1½ tsp ground ginger
65g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
65g caster sugar
1 small egg, lightly beaten
50g preserved stem ginger,finely chopped
Grated zest of 1 small lemon
To finish: I decided to dip one side in Belgian chocolate from Sainsbury's!
1.Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Liberally butter 2 baking sheets.
2.Sift the flour and ground ginger into a bowl. Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then beat in the egg. Add the chopped ginger, flour and lemon zest and stir the mixture until it forms a stiff dough. If it is very soft, wrap in foil and chill in the fridge until firm.
3.Roll out the dough as thinly as you can. Dip a star-shaped pastry cutter in flour and firmly stamp out the biscuits. Use a floured palette knife to transfer to the baking trays.
4.Once all the biscuits are cut, brush lightly with egg white (you won't use it all), liberally sprinkle with granulated sugar and bake for 10-12 minutes until pale gold and just crisp. Carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Saturday, 7 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Sunday, 25 October 2009
The weather has improved so I plan to tidy up the garden, veg patch and plant the onion sets that Anne gave me a few weeks ago. The two Acer trees at the back of the garden have now lost most of their leaves, so these need collecting for leaf mulch for next year. For a small garden there's lots to do out there today!
Yesterday morning Jack came with me and Moss for a walk along the beach, in the rain. Despite getting wet it was fun beach combing and we found an amazing stone full of fossils. Well they look like fossils.
In the evening I picked up my knitting needles and continued with my Moss stitch scarf knitted in Patons Jet Lolly Orange. It such a lovely wool to work with, shame I'm almost out of it. I'm trying to locate another ball to finish the scarf! I originally bought it months ago from Kemps http://www.kempswoolshop.com/ and was using it for other small projects. The plan is to put a pom pom on each end. I'll post a picture when its completed, not long now. I am also waiting for my Wendy Fusion (in Spice) to arrive, so hopefully this will turn up on Monday.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Tonight I made a batch of tomato & apple jam. Here is the simple recipe.
500g tomatoes (skinned, deseeded and diced)
500g apples (peeled, cored and diced)
1kg granulated sugar
juice of half a lemon
Making and cooking it
1. Put the tomatoes and apples in a large pan with the lemon juice and gently cook on a low heat until the fruit turns into a pulp mixure.
2. Add the sugar and bring gently to the boil stirring often, and boil rapidly for 5 mins stirring lots to prevent burning.
3. Reduce the heat, and simmer very gently for a further 15-20 minutes stirring to prevent burning until setting point is reached. If using a sugar thermometer, the jam is ready when the temperature reaches 105C. If you don't have a thermometer, chill a saucer in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Spoon a little of the jam onto the cold saucer. Push the flat edge of a knife against the edge of the jam blob and if the surface wrinkles it is beginning to set. If it doesn't wrinkle, put the plate back in the fridge and cook the jam for another minute, then test again.
4. Allow to cool for 15 minutes then pour into sterilised jars. filling them almost to the top.
5. Cover the jars at once, using waxed discs and lids if you have them, set aside to cool.
6. If you don't have lids, when the jam is cold, cover the jars with cellophane, and secure with a rubber band.
7. Store in a cool dry place for up to 6 months.
8. Don't forget to label the jam, including a date.
Happy Knitting. Amanda x
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
600gr / 1lb 5oz medium green chillies
15 black peppercorns
5 bay leaves
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
5 teaspoons salt
6 heaped tablespoons caster sugar
1 litre / 1 3/4 pints white wine vinegar or rice vinegar
For this recipe you must buy perfect green chillies without any blemishes (you can use red chillies but they will be slightly hotter). Carefuly score from the stalk end to the tip on one side only and remove the seeds (use the handle of a teaspoon for this. Pour boiling water over the chillies, let them sit for 5 minutes, then drain. This will get rid of most of the seeds left behind.
Next put your black peppercorns, bay leaves, coriander, chillies and salt into a large jar or other airtight container. Put the sugar and the vinegar into a pan and heat until the sugar is fully dissolved. When this is quite hot, but not boiling, pour it into the jar with the chillies.
Allow it to cool down and then put the lid on, put into the fridge and leave for a minimum of 2 weeks before using. They will keep in the fridge for at least 4 months.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Thursday, 24 September 2009
I've been knitting on and off for about 17 years. The first thing I made was a green cardigan and it was a total disaster and ended up in the bin! In the last few years I've come back to knitting and find it the best way to relax. Now that I get home and it's getting dark and I don't have time to be in the garden, knitting has become my new passion!
I have several projects on the go. 1. I get bored with knitting with the same wool 2. I find a more interesting wool 3. I find another pattern/project. So last night I was finishing off a wide ladies scarf in raspberry knitted in seed stich (very apt!) and Jack asked when I was going to knit him a scarf for sixth form. Big mistake as it meant I had to go to Rochester to the wool shop at lunchtime. Now I know I won't finish the ladies scarf as now I have a mission to knit with some new wool! So watch this space for the finished pieces. In the meantime here is the seed stitch scarf (work in progress!)
Seed Stitch :
Any odd number
Row 1: k1, * p1, k1; rep from * Rep this row.
Any even number
Row 1: *k1, p1; rep from *
Row 2: *p1, k1; rep from *
Monday, 21 September 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
On Wednesday evening I was invited as a guest to the W.I. Harvest Supper. They really know how to look after their guests, and the food was lovely, especially the fresh beetroot salad. The evening included a raffle, chatting to people and a sing-song with our local church organist at the piano. It's not all jam and Jerusalem! It's a valuable network of women originally set up for rural communities who get together once or twice a month. Each month they invite a guest speaker along and also have days out during the year. No I haven't joined yet!
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Sunday, 30 August 2009
I adapted it and made one with apricots, which worked really well. We ate some warm cake tonight with vanilla ice cream! It's simple to make and tastes lovely. I added half dried cranberries & half currants to the plum one.
Please click on the link for the full recipe http://www.allotment.org.uk/recipe/74/recipe-for-fresh-plum-cake
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
This receipe is for approx 900g of chillies.
Soak the chillies overnight in the brine mixture, as it helps to keep the chillies crisper. Cover the chillies with the brine in a bowl, and place a plate to keep them submerged
Brine : 3 cups water, 1 cup pickling salt (I use rock salt)
Next day make up the pickling solution as follows.
Pickling solution: 3 cups white wine vinegar, 3 cups water, 3 teaspoons pickling salt
Remove the chillies from the brine, wash and dry. Put a small hole into each one to stop them floating to the top of the jar!
In a saucepan combine the water, vinegar and salt. I added pickling spice and bay leaves at this stage. Bring this to the boil and then pour over the chillies. remove any trapped bubbles. That's it, how simple!
Store for 4 to 6 weeks in a cool, dark place before eating.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
I took Moss for a walk this evening, and manged to catch up with Lisa. We collected another bag, but I did stop to eat some on the way! They are so delicious eaten straight from the tree. I plan to take some to work tomorrow, being my first day back for over a week. It's sad when holidays have to come to an end.
Friday, 14 August 2009
The good weather is set to stay for a few more days, so that will be good. Enjoy your weekend. Amanda x
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Some toms have started to ripen, the Totem ones I bought in a garden centre. Some of my tumbling toms looked a bit raggly so I had to take them out. Next year I plan to just grow them in the veg patch, rather than in pots.They dry out to much.
Enjoy your weekend, whatever you get up to. Amanda x
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
We are planning a camping trip, well two actually. We haven't had a holiday for almost six years so it was time to do something about that. On Sunday we are off to get a new 4 man tent and camping equipment. First trip will be to a camp site in Sussex in a weeks time then I've found a great site in Cromer, Norfolk. I've never been camping, but for some reason I really fancy doing it this year. Ian has been to most camp sites in the UK, as his family did this most of his childhood. He's surprised that I want to do it. Jack likes camping and the dog will also come along. A proper family camping trip!
Anyway I'll post some photos soon. Amanda x
Friday, 10 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009
The French beans are flowering like mad so hopefully we should be eating them quite soon. Ihave been giving them some tomato plant food once a week! I harvested more peas yesterday and a bag of new potatoes, they were lovely. Oh and some courgettes. It's funny you wait ages for them to grow then all of a sudden you are picking them every day. I did buy one yellow variety this year and they are so sweet. The ones in large pots are doing really well. So next year I will just put them in pots and save some room in the veg patch.
Here is a picture of the last of my beetroot (until the next two sowings grow).
Thursday, 2 July 2009
100g new potatoes, diced
150g fresh peas
3 tbsp olive oil
1 onion finely diced
8 large eggs
Salt & ground pepper
4 tbsp freshly grated Parmesan
1.Bring the potatoes to the boil in salted water. Boil briskly for 5 minutes, then drain. Then leave until you're ready to add them to the frittata.
2.Preheat the grill. Heat the oil in a non-stick, ovenproof frying pan and fry the onion until it begins to soften. Add the potatoes and cook for about 10 minutes - don't let the mixture brown too much. You want it sweet and soft, with nothing crisp about it. Add the fresh peas for the last couple of minutes cooking. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl to cool slightly.
3.Break the eggs into the bowl and beat in. Season and add the Parmesan.
4.Put your frying pan back on the heat; it should still be nice and oily. Pour the egg & vegetable mixture into the pan and cook over a medium heat for about 8 minutes, or until the frittata is set. Take the pan off the hob and put it under the grill till the top of the frittata is golden, just set and beginning to puff. Ease around the edges to loosen the frittata. Place a large flat plate on top of the pan, then up-end, so the plate's underneath and the pan's on top. Remove the pan and you've got a beautiful, golden-flecked omelette. Leave to cool, then slice.
It tastes much better cool and then serve with a fresh green salad. Easy!
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Friday, 26 June 2009
But sadly I think one bag of spuds has blight. I noticed a few leaves tonight had brown spots so I ran inside to check this out. I removed the leaves and hopefully the spores haven't reached the tubers. Damn, this was my best bag and just about to flower. Lets hope I got it wrong and they will survive, somehow I think not.
Last night we had some baby carrots with dinner and fresh spinach. It bolted so I pulled the lot up and we managed to have enough for dinner, just! So I need to sow some more but it might get too hot and it will bolt again. Just have to take the chance I guess.
Have a good weekend. Amanda x
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Sunday, 14 June 2009
So today I can admire the garden but not do anything to it. Have a great day. Amanda x
Sunday, 7 June 2009
It's raining today so I popped into the garden in my pjs to dig up some fresh carrots to go with dinner! I sowed them on the 21st Feb and had thinned them out a couple of weeks ago. A couple have forked but I'm not looking for perfection just tasty fresh food for the kitchen.
It's Iwade farmers market today so I'm going to pop round before 10am to get some lovely cakes and to catchup with a few people.
No gardening today unless the rain stops.
Saturday, 6 June 2009
I thought I was going to have a nice relaxing day then remembered I had pre-booked my car service! An expensive morning so I won't dwell on that. I haven't done anything in the garden today as I felt like having an afternoon nap after the shock of the serivce bill and woke up at 4:30pm missing all of the afternoon!
I haven't got much to do out there as I spent a lot of time last weekend weeding and sowing some more veggies. My peas are now flowering and I put in some more pea sticks for my second sowing. I hope to be eating them in a few weeks time. We have eaten all the raddishes and some salad and tomorrow we are going to eat my first carrots from this year with a home-made beef & ale casserole. The first two sacks of potatoes on the patio are about to flower with two more smaller bags started off now and sprouting. All the rain did the garden the world of good and saved me watering for a few days.
Last weekend we had our first BBQ after cleaning it and painting the wood with teak oil (well Ian did that bit). Ian is going on a fishing trip next Friday so hopefully his catch will be BBQ that evening. Well that's the plan.
I cut some salad leaves this evening for dinner (home-made tuna pizza) Glad I sowed some now as I was bit put off last year with bugs! The swiss chard bright lights adds colour and the baby beetroot leaves and I also cut a variety of leaves. I've added a photo but the flash makes it look a bit patchy! Hopefuly I can get some more sown tomorrow and it should save me around £1.25 each time I need some salad leaves, brilliant!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Amanda x
Monday, 25 May 2009
Spent yesterday afternoon in the garden after popping to Millbrooks in the morning to get a couple of herbs to put in a hanging basket with one of my tumbling tom plants. Ian put a hook in the middle of my pergola and it looks really good there. I used my old hanging baskets that I normally plant up for the front of the house. So I now need to get two new ones. Ian also bought some more fish for his marine tank. I'll add a photo of it soon. It looks great in the kitchen wall and so interesting to watch. I also did a bit of weeding and pottered about. It was a lovely warm afternoon and I was out there until 7pm finding things to do.
Anyway the weather is cooler today so perfect for shopping!
Enjoy the rest of your bank holiday weekend. Amanda x
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
I potted up my tomato plants last week and they are growing really well now. I'll be pleased when they are planted outside and given to gardening friends so I can get into my dining room without tripping over all the pots. Thinking of this I have decided to buy a lean-to greenhouse this month. It's my birthday at the end of May so Ian said he will give me some money towards it. I've found the one I want so just need to save some more pennies before I order it!
Anyway I've not been up to much as have some sort of cold/flu virus this week and it's knocked all my energy. It's not like me to sleep much and today I slept all day and I'm still tired! So hopefully by the weekend my energy levels will be restored and I can get on with some stuff in the garden.
Sunday, 26 April 2009
I'm running out of space in the pop up cold frame by the back door. But chances are if I buy a new one now I might not need it for very long so I will have to make do with windowsils and the dining room. My climbing beans havent shown any signs of germinating yet but hopefully they will next week!
Paula popped in on Sat afternoon after she'd spent all day in her garden. We drank lots of tea and chatted for ages. I walked her home and you could see she had been very busy. Her Wisteria is amazing growing along the fence and smells wonderful. She has also been more sucessful than me with her sweet peas. For some reason I'm not very good with them this year and my second batch only 10 germinated. These are the ones I pre-soaked over night. I knew I shouldn't have bothered. Never mind.
Anne popped in today and dropped off my celeriac which I planted up later in the evening when it got a bit cooler in my garden. Its a sun trap out there so waited a while to put them in.
Ian and Jack were busy with the new marine tank today and I went to the aquatic centre with Ian in the morning. He bought a star fish and some snails. I've named him Sylvester! Whilst Ian was buying up half the shop I popped into Millbrooks Garden Centre next door to buy a birthday present and go two lovely lantern tea light holders and some more seed labels for me. You can never have enough of them!
Anyway off to empty the dishwasher now and then off to bed.
Friday, 24 April 2009
This link is very helpful and tells you what French beans did well in their 2008 trial. Luckily I bought some Musica in Homebase this week just in case my seeds didn’t work out too well. It says they are one of the top ones to grow with huge crops!
I am growing from seed Bluahide and these are not heavy croppers but have pretty flowers and purple fruit and also Sultana that I grew last year that was a heavy cropper. Happy Gardening!
Sunday, 19 April 2009
Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Monday, 13 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
I went to Millbrooks Garden Centre today with my mum and sister and we all made use of our 30% discount vouchers as it was raining (you get 10% if it the sun is out). This is to celebrate 30 years in the business. We stopped a while and had lunch in their restaurant for soup and a sandwhich then it was time to get home and get on with some gardening!
I always come away from my sisters with a bag of plants. She has a large garden and a big green house. This week it was dwarf runner beans she grew for me for the new troughs she bought me as an early birthday present and a cutting off of her dark red grass. Well she bought one for about £2 and managed to get three plants from it! I get all my gardening advice from her as she always knows what to do and when. She was that one that told me to cut straight through my Hostas and I've done it ever since. The first time I was a bit worried about killing the plant, but it gets easier the more you do. This is my favourite plant and I have tons of them in pots and in the gravel area. They do better in the gravel because the slugs don't like it! I like it when they poke through the soil/gravel at this time of year and then when they flower.
Anyway tomorrow I plan to move the rest of the plants from the veg bed area as my husband is making the new frame on Tuesday.
Enjoy your Easter eggs tomorrow! Amanda x
Friday, 10 April 2009
Enjoy your long weekend whatever you are doing.
Saturday, 4 April 2009
Courgette: Patriot F1 (5) (Mr Fothergills)
Onion sets: Red Baron 30 (given to me by my sister)
Tomatoes: Gartenperle (5) and Tumbling Tom Red (20) (extra for Gardening Club)
Chard Bright Lights (planted in modules to give to friends)
Marigold dwarf double mixed (left over from last year) planted in modules to give extra to Gardening Club.
I still have to do the Patty Pan from last year and will give plants to Paula & Nicola. The plan is to grow one plant up my new obelisk that Ian & Jack bought me for mothers day. I also re-potted the 4 pepper plants given to me by Anne. They are doing really well and are now quite big! I hope I planted them correctly. I used some spare lollipop plant labels!
No gardening tomorrow as off to London sight seeing and a river cruise up the Thames.
Friday, 3 April 2009
Monday, 30 March 2009
Sunday, 29 March 2009
The huge bowl of home made minestroni soup was very welcoming and warmed us up! You can visit all year and the normal entrance price is £6.50 which gives you a pass for the whole year. I think you can visit the shop and cafe for free.
We then headed back to the Potted Garden in Bearstead to look for some plants trying to dodge the heavy showers. And then finally back to my house for tea and cakes!
Today I plan to plant my new rhubarb plant somewhere suitable in the garden. I hope to use the rhubarb in a chutney recipe. Although my sister has already requested rhubarb jam!
Friday, 27 March 2009
My sweet peas and peas survived being blow over on Monday night in the wind! I got home to find my plastic greenhouse on its side by the back door. Thankfully because I planted them in toilet rolls they survived. They are now safe in the warm dining room and some have germinated! Yippee. I've added a picture to show you what they look like growing in toilet rolls. I'll keep you updated on their progress!
As the weather forecast is terrible for this weekend I might not get anything actually done in the garden. But I plan to do some more seeds this Sunday. On Saturday I will be visiting the Yalding Organic Garden as part of the Kents Big Day Out. I will be taking my sister Danielle and hopefully have some lunch there http://www.yaldingorganics.com/
Anyway enjoy your weekend whatever you are planning. Amanda
Saturday, 14 March 2009
On the way back I popped into see Anne for a cuppa. We exchanged home made chilli jam (wicked and hot) for my tomatoe chutney. We chatted and Anne kindly gave me four pepper plants that she had grown. Anne - they made it home ok and I have put them in the dining room in front of the door to get the sun all day! I've just found the Celeriac seeds in my journal!
I checked my seeds sown on the 21 Feb and the following have emerged (yipee) Radish Scarlet Globe, Carrots and the Shallots have some green shoots. I am now going to pop back out there to sow some more Radish as I plan to keep them going as I may need them for my display at the end of June. I have posted a picture of my new bug bought from Pastimes. As you can see my spinach is still doing really well despite all the snow we had. Must eat some more before the insects do!
Enjoy your gardens today and make the most of the sunshine!
Sunday, 8 March 2009
I also need to measure the area to work out how much wood I need for the new raised bed at the back of my small veggie patch. Ian has offered to do this in March for me. It will be good to get this done so that I can get it started off before the main growing season kicks in.
My late sown leeks are still ok, although smaller than I had hoped. I may take one out today to add to my casserole! The red robin bushes at the back of the garden look great with all their cheerful red tips. I also noticed that the alliums I planted last year are showing through the gravel. They seem to do really well in that area, I guess because the have a nice layer of gravel to keep them warm. Hopefully they should look spectacular in May/June. And I must buy some more this year as they attract the bees to the veggie plot.
Yesterday I helped my friend Paula in her garden for a while. It was nice to have a chat and look out how things are doing in her garden. We also pulled her portable greenhouse into place so that she can get sowing all her seeds. I gave her a packet of leeks as last year I bought her a pack of seedlings and she has just eaten the last ones out of her patch.
Enjoy your garden and the sunshine today.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
My mum gave me a cloche last year and this has now come in very handy. I had some leeks still growing and because I planted them a bit later, they are still quite small but seem to be growing better than I expected. It was my first attempt at growing them from seed so I may just have a late spring harvest! I planted some rows of Carrot (F1 Maestro) in-between the rows of leeks and have used the cloche to keep them protected. Hopefully I should get an earlier harvest of carrots and it might improve the leeks. I grew the carrots last year and they were very successful but I grew them too late and didn’t have very many!
I also planted 50 Shallots (Red Sun) as my shallots were more successful last year than my main onions, so I’ll give them a miss this year. They kept really well and I prefer them to cook whole in stews and casseroles in the slow cooker. I just hope the birds dont pull them all up today! I will have to make a bird scarer.
This is my second year at growing veg in my back garden and I am looking forward to growing something different this year. With that in mind I decided to have a go at growing beetroot and planted a few rows of seeds yesterday (Boltardy) and a couple of rows of Radish (Scarlet Globe) that I did grow last year and had an opened packet of seeds to use up. I have also started off two rows of Spring Onion White Lisbon in a trough by the garage wall as this area seems to do ok as it must be warm. Last year I bought the seedlings but decided to do everything from seed this year as it cuts down on the cost and its far more rewarding growing it all yourself.
Ann has kindly offered to start of my Celeriac this year and I havwe bought her a packet of seeds. She was very successful last year and gave me 4 seedlings which grew into lovely specimens. We even ate one at Nicola’s house for the gardening club Christmas drinks! So I should have a few more to look forward towards the end of the year.
Enjoy your garden if you are lucky to get out there today.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
I also picked up some Red Sun shallots 50 for £1.25 which I thought was a good price. My shallots from last year were so much nicer than the ones you buy in the shops so I plan to grow more this year, maybe two varieties.
I still need to order the wood to extend the patch but will wait for better weather and I am also on the hunt for a long trough to put on the shingle as I thought it would look good filled up with carrots and onions or maybe dwarf runners and that reminds me I need to order the seeds!
Sunday, 1 February 2009
A big thank you to Sasha Carrington-Dawkins, Lisa Older, Janet Gregory and PCSO Lindsay Woods for all the organising, it was hard work but really worth it. And to Lindsay for her support with providing advice and supplying stall holders with anti-counterfeit torches to check all the notes being headed over. And also to me for all the advertising in shops, newspapers, radio stations to name a few. It was great fun promoting such a great event. I just can't wait for the next one on March 1st.
Thank you also to the Featherbed Farm Shop for sponsoring this event and for all the people who took part and for everyone who attended to support this event.
If you missed this one don’t worry as the next farmers market will be held on Sunday 1st March and starts at 10am. If you are a local business and are interested in having a table, please speak to Sasha Carrington-Dawkins on 01795 554262. (nothing like advertising early!)
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Beetroot perfect 3 sow by Aug 2010
Carrot Autumn King 2 sow by Aug 2010
Carrot Early Nantes 2 sow by Aug 2011
Radish French Breakfast 3 sow by Aug 2010
Radish Sparkler 3 sow by Aug 2010
Onion White Lisbon Sow by Aug 2011
Leek Musselburgh sow by Aug 2011
Dwarf Bean Tendergreen Sow by Aug 2010
Pea Kelvendon Wonder sow by Aug 2010
Runner Bean Enorma sow by Aug 2010
Runner Bean Scarlet Emperor sow by Aug 2010
Marigold French Dwarf Double Mixed sow by 2011
Marigold (African) Double Mixed sow by 2011
Nasturtium Tom Thumb Mixed sow by 2010
I'll let you know how I get on with them later in the year.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
I bought some more wild bird seed yesterday and hung up a new fatball feeder. I was amazed this morning as there were so many birds having their breakfast. It's so cold so I thought I would do my bit to help nature. They also enjoyed my homemade (stale) bread. Ian said I had enough bread in the garden to feed all the birds in Iwade! But the time we got back from the garden centre it was almost gone.
Back to work for me in the morning after almost two weeks break. Not looking forward to having to get up early and snow is forecast for the week ahead.
Bye for now.
Thursday, 1 January 2009
I managed to dig over the veg plot a few days before Christmas and I am glad I did as it was a good excuse to relax and forget all the things you should be rushing around doing at that time of year. It looks quite empty now apart from some spinach and leeks (which are not very big yet!)
I've entered some competitions on the BBC Gardening web site today in the hope that maybe I might win something, well someone has to!
I was lucky to receive some gardening gifts for Christmas presents and these will come in handy this year. My sister Danielle bought me a wonderful trug and I am looking forward to using it in the warmer months. My friend Debbie at work bought me a lovely set including a gardening apron and some brass plant labels which she knew I needed. Paula bought me a wicked pair of Fat Face Yetti slippers, they are so warm I don't want to take them off!
Anyway better get on and finish the roast lamb dinner (with home grown Rosemary).
Happy New Year to you all.