Allotmenteering!

Day 1

Easter Friday 2011

Should my broccoli look like this?

This was supposed to be regular broccoli but I am now becoming suspicious that this might be purple sprouting broccoli instead. Any ideas?  

Is it time to plant potatoes?

I’ve seen that a lot of people have now planted their potatoes, I was going to wait until Easter to do this. I thought it might be a bit early just now as the weather is still very unpredictable.

But what do you think, plant or wait? 

Progress at Sunday 11th March

A note on the kindness of Allotmenteers.

This week I was gifted the following from my fellow Allotmenteers:

3 black current canes

1 baby gooseberry plant

3 logan berry canes

1 lemon balm plant

2 6ft planks of wood

A roll of green waste bags

I am one luck girl!

How to upset buses in Birmingham

We had with us:

6 planks of wood

A work bench

An electric drill

A saw

6 wooden posts

Some rope

The bus driver rolled his eyes and said ‘be careful!’

A note on Urban Foraging.

I live in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and am surrounded by new building developments and a very handy selection of skips. I have been thinking for ages that I should start hunting for, and recycling, posts and planks of wood for my raised beds project. So this Sunday, I got up early (well 8am) and found the most amazing collection for the allotment, so far I have scavenged

1 pallet,

2 6ft planks,

6 1 meter planks,

8 posts,

I also spotted a large perspex sheet that I’m going to nab tonight on my way home!

It’s not stealing (as the skips are on the main road and not on private property), its urban foraging! 

Progress at Saturday 3rd March

Progress at Saturday 3rd March

What a day for Allotmenteering!

What a day for Allotmenteering!

Eat what you sow…

Had a bit of a freezer mishap and a large box of runner beans that I’d frozen last year started to defrost. So I transformed them into a runner bean and turkey curry, it was dead tasty and a brilliant way to save my lovely produce!
On Saturday I went to a seed event at Martineau Gardens in Birmingham and look at all the lovely free goodies I came away with!
This event was held to promote seed saving and to introduce new varieties of exotic crops to allotment holders. 

On Saturday I went to a seed event at Martineau Gardens in Birmingham and look at all the lovely free goodies I came away with!

This event was held to promote seed saving and to introduce new varieties of exotic crops to allotment holders. 

Herbs

In October I decided to have a go at drying my herbs to store over the winter. I cut a huge bunch of parsley, removed the brown tinged and withered leaves, wrapped it in kitchen roll and hung it upside-down in my airing cupboard.

I’ve only just got around to bottling them up, but I’m very pleased with the results, now I’ll have parsley all year round.

The bottom half of the jar was ‘shop bought’ but I’m not really sure why there is such a difference in the colour…

Eat what you butcher…

Best Sunday roast ever. 

Eat what you sow…

Ok, so this was a bit of a cheat, as you can see my sad little leeks didn’t quite make a meal so we supplemented mine with some shop bought and followed the Heston cauliflower cheese recipe. I was a little sceptical at first, but this is truly the best cauliflower cheese I’ve ever tasted! 

Eat what you sow…

The last of my romanesco that had been blanched and frozen back in November, fried in a little butter.