Freshly picked bluemoon radish, sown in September and harvested yesterday. At first it tasted like quite a mild radish, and then 30 seconds later I had a sensation similar to a mouthful of whiskey, a general heating up of mouth, throat, and chest. I think it’s best described as mild to begin with, then turning hot!
New video: creamy tomato soup. Watch by following the profile link (click the logo).
In late summer, I tried several iterations of this recipe to find one that I really like and look forward to eating. I enjoy eating homegrown tomatoes fresh with a little olive oil, salt, and balsamic vinegar, and in gazpacho (a cold Spanish soup), but I wanted to find a hot soup recipe to enjoy in the autumn and winter.
An experiment with overwintering peas that I have sown in big containers. The peas were sown in October, and germinated quickly in the wet but warmish weather. I’m hoping that the fleece covering will be enough to protect them, and that come spring, the plants will start to thrive. Alternatively, the cold weather will do for them!
A young perpetual spinach seedling growing underneath fleece. I planted these in September, but this picture taken yesterday suggests the harvest is a little while away...perhaps next spring all being well.
New video: November allotment tour, watch by following the profile link (click the logo).
A tour of my allotment at the start of November 2020, including a review of the tasks done in October. See the contents below:
00:00 Introduction 01:00 Late Season Tomatoes 03:04 Digging Up Old Globe Artichoke Plant 05:47 Clearing Asparagus Bed 07:24 Supporting Raspberries 08:04 Supporting Hybrid Berries 08:57 Bindweed In The Fruit Cage 10:29 Growth Of Apple Tree 11:09 Sawfly On Strawberries 12:10 Rhubarb & Dahlias 12:52 Fleece Protecting Perpetual Spinach & Autumn Radish 14:40 Supporting Broccoli & Winter Cabbage 16:58 Old Courgette Bed 17:28 Care For Leeks With Rust 18:09 Parsnip Bed 18:44 New Zealand Spinach, Chard, & Beetroot 20:24 Brassica Bed With Kale & Cabbage 21:07 Freshly Planted Garlic Bed 21:43 Bed Prepared For Shallots & Onions 22:05 Colourful Blueberry Bushes 22:32 Recap Of The Allotment Tour
This robin visited my garden this morning. The majority of the time when I try to take a bird picture, my movement for the camera makes the bird fly away. This robin ignored me. I think this is one of my favourite pictures of the year so far.
An asparagus crown from an old asparagus bed. This is one of the few healthy crowns left. I am not going to replant. The trade off between a short harvest season, compared to months of weeding, has for me tipped the balance towards using the space for something else.
New recipe: allotment ratatouille. Watch on YouTube by following the link in my profile (click the logo)
This recipe is inspired by the classic French dish of stewed vegetables. The idea is to slowly cook the vegetables until they combine together to produce a delicious medley of flavours, with a little olive oil, vinegar, and sugar to bring out their flavour.
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