Monday, 25 May 2020

Blooming Roses

I've had a busy working week, so I was grateful for the long weekend.

It gave me time to do some cooking, baking and gardening, as well as reflecting and resting. 
Shelter from the bright sunshine
So here are some photographs of progress in my vegetable garden plot.
Progress on the carrot box.   I will thin these out at some point. 


Broad beans with some pak choi in between (corutesy of our neighbour).  Please don't chuckle at my cane stoppers.  I had some terracota pig canes that I picked up from Oxfam UK many years ago, but someone pinched them (when I lived in a rented accommodation). Anyway, these small cane will save me from losing an eye.  
Neckar gold climbing beans on stick wigwams. I like the naturalness of these wigwam frames as opposed to the canes we buy normally buy from the shops (and it was free, thanks to mother nature).

The blue netting behind is housing our Brassica plants, saving from those pesky white cabbage butterflies.  Beneath it we have Romensco Cauliflowers and Purple Sprouting Broccoli.  At some point these will be joined by Blue Kale.
We have two types of peas - Champion and Telephone.
I have planted out the courgette plants and perpetual spinach.  
So what do I have for Harvest Monday ?! 
I have pulled out all the Rainbow Swiss Chard that had begun to bolt.  
 I've made lots of dishes with it including these Rainbow Chard Pakoras aka Onion Bhaji's.
And Garlicky Rainbow Chard Pasta Salad.I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.

20 comments:

  1. Your garden is going so well 😊

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  2. I love the natural look of the stick wigwams, and you can't beat free! The roses are lovely, and your plantings look healthy too.

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  3. A lovely garden. I like your natural supports.

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  4. The red roses with that blue sky - just beautiful!
    Your veggies seem to be doing very well, don't thin your carrots too soon - they're always so sweet to nibble raw

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    1. Thank you Belinda.
      I won't the carrots just yet, your right

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  5. Love the garden flowers and food. Hope you got some down time.

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  6. All looking good! have you grown Telephone peas before? The plants get huge and here often get blown down by the wind so I am growing shorter ones this year. They do crop really well though. I like your background... funnily enough for one of the still life drawings I had to do as homework this week included my pestle and mortar which is just the same....big black stone one! What a cooincidence

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    1. Thanks Kathy. Yes the Telephone peas have surprised me, they do indeed need a lot of support. My bogger background is actually my green pestle and mortar photo - photoshopped.
      https://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2020/01/start-of-january-2020-in-my-kitchen.html

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  7. Gorgeous! Those roses are spectacular!
    I'd pick a few pakoras in your plate if i could!

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    1. Thank you, i'm so loving the roses right now.
      And you'd be more than welcome to the pakoras.

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  8. Hi Shaheen, greetings from Sheffield. I hope you are well. I like the make over to your blog and the allusion to the London Calling album. Nice!

    'You are not working from home, you are at home during a crisis trying to work'. Yes, this was circulated in my team too. I am home trying to offer front line mental health care from my sofa with all sorts of IT challenges. I cannot believe how much we have transitioned in 2 months but its been a stressful time. I run every evening after "work" which helps with my own anxieties. Sue has been shielded for 12 weeks now, though she is now answering telephone queries in her council job. Social distancing is perhaps my default setting but even I am struggling. For relief I have watching the latest Australian Mastechef on the internet. New judges and the inspired decision to bring back former contestants who just failed to win has offered some amazing cook and a real feel good factor. And then half way through, social distancing was introduced , 2 M rule, no hugging *sigh* There is no escape :-) I have next week off so hope to adapt cookbook recipes with the reality of what we can get hold of. we have an organic veg box on Wednesday. we can usually get a supermarket delivery once a week but its hit and miss so I go to the local one late in the day when its quiet.

    "rebel recipes" by Niki Webster I think is my only purchase this year. Nisha Katona's "Spice tree" is my go-to

    Anyway, always a pleasure to drop by. time to drop a hint to sue about lemon drizzle cake......

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  9. Greetings to you too Ray - so good to hear from you.
    I'm okay get good days and low days. Ah my hub will be pleased with the London Calling album reference, it was purely accidental though.

    Its a challenging time indeed, and getting to grips with technology has both been a headache and a godsend. We are all adapting well - i think. I don't exercise much, gardening is my therapy and i am so pleased i have this space, moreso now than ever. Interesting about Australian MasterChef, but i must admit i haven;t been watching much TV, i have been reading a lot of books - rediscovering 'the activist'in me once again because of the stalk inequalities in society being magnified, but i do need self-care too. So escapism matters. When the libraries re-open i will check out Rebel Recipes and Spice Tree. I was going to say, I have not bought a cookbook, but i actually i have - its from a charity called Heart and Parcel. I will share next month in my IMK post, i tested recipes for it :) so it was nice to buy a copy of my own and donate to the charity. Do take care and kind wishes to your Sue - hope she makes you a Lemon Cake!

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  10. your garden is so impressive - every time I speak to my mum she has been out in the garden and sometimes I wish I had a bigger backyard but I am not sure if I could do as much gardening as I would need so I am full of admiration for those who tend so well. I love your garden plot map in the sidebar - so fascinating to look at. Hope the weather is kind to your garden and supports all your work!

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    1. Thank you Johanna. Its def. been a haven in the past and moreso in recent days. I just wish i got more exercise, as i have hardly left the house.I am on top of my gardening this year because of the pandemic and being home, but once things go back to some sort of 'normality' tending will once again be an issue, will make the most now.

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  11. Your garden is what I see in my head when I think of one. I don't see any of the previous normal on the horizon. Stay well.

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  12. I hope you are okay. I don't go out much because people here are stupid and don't wear masks or stand apart. Terrible things are happening all over and I fear for people who have to be out.

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