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Gorgeous Gourds

5 October 2011

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I have been busy printing my Gorgeous Gourd print, so check it out in my shop! …READ MORE…

Harvest

23 September 2011

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Today my eldest took our allotment finds into school to decorate the church in Southrop for Harvest Festival. We managed to gather sunflower heads, strawberry plants, gourds, shallots and the last custard squash. The children had a fab time decorating and I love the apples in patterns and stacks. Although my overall favourite must be the rhubarb crosses, genius. …READ MORE…

Honesty

23 September 2011

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I have been out and about collecting honesty seed which I am going to firstly throw along the sides of the allotment and then sow some in pots with seed compost and cover with grit. I love the papery thin seed heads in autumn and they are addictive when pulling the heads apart to get to the large flat seeds. …READ MORE…

Veg – Peppa Pig style

22 September 2011

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A visit to Peppa Pig world yesterday to celebrate a special 4th birthday. We all loved Grandpa Pigs veg patch! …READ MORE…

Pumpkins

20 September 2011

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The first pic below is from my allotment and is one of two surviving pumpkins, they are the carving type so hopefully will put on a bit of weight before halloween. The other beauties are from Hicote kitchen garden in Gloucestershire. I must try harder next year! The short pumpkin film was done a couple of years ago by myself and Stephen. …READ MORE…

Gorgeous Gourds!

20 September 2011

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This morning I have been searching through the allotment looking for harvest festival produce for my daughters school. All I found were some very weedy leeks, some savaged cabbage, alot of spinach, a couple of raspberries and a handful of blueberries. I did however discover the gourds which are happily climbing up anything they can reach and crawling all over the floor. They are not edible so I am not sure they can be classified as a harvest, but they will make the classroom look pretty! …READ MORE…

Tomato harvest

8 September 2011

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Today I made tomato sauce. I have tried many tomato sauce recipes but the best in my opinion is Sarah Ravens Really rich tomato sauce recipe page 277 of her garden book, although I do fry off the tomato puree with the onion before I pop in the chopped tomatoes etc. I grow my tomatoes along the wall underneath my kitchen window mainly because they get more attention if they are right under our feet. This year I grew huge Costoluto Fiorentino, Gardeners Delight and sweet red and yellow cherry. I now have to find a recipe for the chilly looking green tomatoes left on the vine. …READ MORE…

Custard Squash

24 August 2011

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I was rummaging around at the bottom of the borlotti beans and found this creamy white squash, the plant was a swap with a neighbour and I just love it’s bulbous form. …READ MORE…

Shallots

10 August 2011

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These lovely shallots have been ripening in the sun for a while now, tomorrows job is to clear out the shed so that I can store them. …READ MORE…

Bring me sunshine

7 August 2011

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The hot weather has popped out the sun worshipping sunflowers. I plant them in full sun and use seed that I collect from any local sunflowers that I like. …READ MORE…