Good Neighbours, sunshine & swaps

We have just spent a fantastic 4hours on the plot. Sunshine and good company. We have had a swap session. Our radishes are growing like mad, we have a glut, I’m delighted to say. So we swapped radishes for a couple of different plants, a jelly melon and a couple of chilli peppers, should be interesting. Our neighbour on number 5 is a James Wong fan, he grows some amazing weird and wonderful produce. I always take a flask, tea bags etc. I want to sit and enjoy a few minutes, at least.

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What a wonderful quote.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.

Allotment joy

I am enjoying life on the plot. Everything is growing well despite the ups and downs of the weather. Wednesday is my day off work and I have lots of jobs to catch up with, my blog being one of them. I remembered to take my camera to the plot this weekend so I can give you a little update by photograph.

We have three apple trees on our plot. Each one is different and we have no idea what varieties they are. One has cream blossom and the other two have beautiful blush pink blossom.

Shallots, cabbages and broad beans are all doing well.

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Ravishing Radishes

Wow, we have a wonderful abundance of radishes. It’s the first time we have ever managed to grow more than a handful.

Around the plot we have a few wild flowers.

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I know it’s a WEED but isn’t it beautiful !

I hope everyone else is enjoying their allotments.

Keep digging x

Rhubarb, Rhubarb

It’s raining this morning. I know the allotment and garden need it, but I had plans to get outside and enjoy the fine weather that we have been experiencing. Wednesday is my day off work. Never mind, I have decided to update my blog.

Rhubarb Crumble & Cordial

Our allotment rhubarb is growing at an amazing rate. We picked a huge 4kg on Sunday. What should I make with it? Easy, a rhubarb crumble for starters, yummy pudding to follow our Sunday lunch. Next, rhubarb cordial. I searched the internet and found a very easy recipe.

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Rhubarb Cordial Recipe

2kg Rhubarb

200ml cold water

800g sugar

Pinch of Ginger (optional)

4x 375ml glass bottles with stoppers

Sterilised bucket/large saucepan and sieve

Method

First cut the rhubarb into 3cm pieces. Place in a large saucepan and add the 200ml of cold water.

Add the ginger (I’m not a ginger fan but I added it for flavour, couldn’t really taste it!)

Bring gently to the boil until the rhubarb is soft.

Let it stand and cool a little.

Put your sieve on top of your bucket or large saucepan.

Next you need to pour the soft rhubarb into the sieve.

Leave this to drain overnight.

Next morning you should find the most gorgeous red/pink rhubarb liquid in the bottom of your bucket or saucepan.

You are nearly there.

Sterilise your bottle in the usual way.

The last part of the process is very easy.

Put the rhubarb liquid into a large saucepan and add the sugar, bring to the boil gently until the sugar has dissolved. Carefully pour into a jug and fill your bottles. You have now made the most delicious rhubarb cordial. It also looks so pretty and pink.

To use your cordial you can:

Dilute 1 part cordial to 10 parts sparking water.

Add a splash to Gin & Tonic.

Add a splash to fizzy white wine.

Pour over Vanilla Ice-cream.

Once opened keep in the fridge, use within 2weeks. Unopened will last for 3 months.

Have a go it’s easy.

 

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It’s a fabulous non alcoholic drink for summer parties.

 

 

 

Lavender, plants & biscuits !

I’m sure everyone out their has been enjoying the wonderful weather, warm sunshine and clear blue skies. We have been on the plot everyday or as much as we can planting Celery, Cauliflower, Red onion sets and Stuttgart Giant onion sets. I wasn’t intending to plant anymore onions but after a visit to my local corn stores I found a couple of bargains. I couldn’t resist paying 20p for 40 very sad looking Red and Giant onion sets. Everything seems to be doing well.

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Overnight and this morning the rain poured down so a trip to our local garden centre was a perfect opportunity to stock up on compost. Oops couldn’t resist buying a lavender, actually two.

I need to get my tomatoes and cucumbers planted into their large pots. My greenhouse is bulging with plants waiting to go to our allotment, bedding plants ready for the garden and plants that need to be put in their final place in the greenhouse.

As you know, I’m a complete novice when it comes to crochet, my friend taught me the basics last year. I am gradually teaching myself new stitches. I’m not sure what to create next, so I’m messing around with granny squares.

Treat time now!  I love to treat myself to the odd biscuit. Border Biscuits are a favourite of mine, I try to make them last, HONESTLY x

Time to put the kettle on.

Hope you all have a wonderful day x