Book Gold – Texas Tea

Apologies for the awful ‘Beverly Hillbillies’ pun. But I’m so excited about my find – it’s pure gold. While wandering around town I spied a cool-looking 1950s style mixing bowl in a charity shop window (I like kitchenalia). So in I went ready to ask the assistant if I could rummage in the window. But […]

Broadbean plants

It’s time for the broadbeans that I sowed back in January to leave the protection of the Victorian greenhouse and make their own way in the world. They’re fully hardened off now and can withstand any temperature that the English winter can throw at them – well assuming we don’t get any more snow!

Little Helper

I bet Monty Don doesn’t have to put up with this!

You win some…

Never let it be said that I am an expert seed-sower. As you can see here I have a lovely set of seedlings growing happily in my small propogator outside (with no heat and it has to be said very little light). Starting on the left there is Corriander, Red Cabbage, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, two […]

Potato & Leek Soup

In an effort to use up the last two leeks I had in the ground I made some Potato and Leek soup. The potatoes are Robinta, harvested last summer. 2 x large leeks 3 medium potatoes 1 small onion 1 clove garlic 100ml of milk butter salt and pepper First de-grit and chop the leeks […]

‘Bastard Trenching’ – I get it

I’d never really understood what bastard trenching was. I had heard the term on TV programmes and read it in some books but never truly ‘got it’. Anyone can dig a trench right? But to use trenching correctly as a form of cultivating the soil – well, now we’re in flat-cap territory. But I picked […]

At Last – Frost!

Yes – at last, some frost. I must have been the only one celebrating while everyone else was busy scraping their windscreens with their credit cards.