Month: April 2015

Sunday 5th April 2015 – Garden

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I have had a complete bee in my bonnet this afternoon and decided that I would give the the beds in the garden a bit of an overhaul.  This has been quite an accomplishment as the only tools I have at home are a hand trowel and a pair of Poundland secateurs….  As you can imagine the secateurs aren’t particularly great but they cut thin stuff well enough so I was able to successfully massacre my scrawny bay tree.

All the beds are now weed and dog poop free which means that they need plants! YAY! However plants for my garden continue to pretty tricky to choose.  My neighbours have a massive holly tree growing just on their side of the fence and it creates a rain shadow over almost half of the main bed – not to mention the year round cascade of ridiculously spikey leaves.
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The roots make the bed really tricky too, obviously a tree has a lot of roots so hacking through them to get a plant in is quite hard work, and any water that does get to the bed gets quickly whisked away.

My curry plant is doing well though, and they look pretty so I think I’ll get myself a few more of those and maybe some more grasses.  I have some iris in the bed that I was given last summer so I am hoping for some flowers on those this year too.

In the plastic green house department I have some pretty happy seedlings and a couple of really awkward seeds who are still refusing to germinate.  The cold nights aren’t helping with that but hopefully they’ll start to warm up soon.
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Enough of my ramblings for today.

Happy gardening.

A x

Preserving – Rhubarb and Rosemary Jelly

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As there aren’t going to be many opportunities to use it this week I decided to use it to make a recipe out of my new Preserving by the Pint (by Marisa McClellan) book.

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The rhubarb and rosemary jelly looked yummy so I thought I’d give it a go.

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The recipe was really easy. You just had to stew the rhubarb until it was falling apart and then strain off the juice.

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Then it was time to boil the rhubarb and rosemary with the sugar until it was syrupy.

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And then finally I boiled it in the jars and now I have one and a half jars of yummy jelly. Admittedly the recipe had said it would make 3 of these jars but I’m happy with these as they’re clear and yummy!

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The book is definitely worth a look after your after small scale preserving.

Saturday 4th April 2015 – Allotment

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It was really quiet down the allotment this morning, in fact there was only me and one other chap there.

Bug was thoroughly enjoying being outdoors but in the end decided to become official shed watcher when what little sunshine we had disappeared.
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The day before I had been to Simpson’s Nursery near Newmarket with my parents and Grandpa and having looked at all the plants there (but wisely had left my purse at home!) I decided to go and buy some peas and strawberry plants on the way down.

I did some digging over and a lot of weeding and then popped my strawberry plants in near my currant bushes.  I’ve put cloches on them to provide a little bit of protection – it’s still chilly at night and I don’t want them to die.  It’s probably a little early for them to be out at all but I’m pretty impatient.
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Peas have gone in to the fruit cage, and then I’ve taken my chances with 2 more tepees without mouse/bird protection. Fingers crossed they’ll be ok.  I’m hoping the ones in the raised planter will be a little bit sheltered by the tulips and daffodils for the time being.
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That’s all for Easter Saturday – Have a lovely day 🙂

A xx