Although I don’t have a lot of space in my garden for growing main crop potatoes, I do like to grow some early potatoes. I usually plant first early potatoes around about the first week of March, depending on the weather and if the soil is warm enough. But they never seem to reach maturity when I would wish them to. So, this year I am trying something different.Continue reading
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After carefully nurturing the sweetcorn in pots, until I had cleared the first bed of potatoes, I finally got to plant out the sweetcorn this weekend.
Always look forward to the first strawberries of the season and today I picked this beauty!
I dug up a root of the Sharpes Express potatoes I had previously planted 12 weeks ago and was very disappointed with the results, as they were so tiny.
I guess this is down to the colder-than-normal-weather we have had this Spring.
However, I did cook them and they tasted delicious.
Hopefully another week or two and they should be a reasonable size.
I love baby new potatoes, but they cost the earth when they arrive in the supermarkets in the late spring/early summer, and quite frankly you don’t know how long they have been out of the ground – new potatoes should be cooked as soon as possible after harvesting.Continue reading
Now is the time to buy your seed potatoes and get chitting. There are three main types of potatoes; first earlies, second earlies and main crop.
Pumpkins awaiting their fate – to be carved up – lit for one night and then be discarded! It is estimated that 10 million pumpkins are grown in the UK every year and 95% are used as Halloween lanterns.
The tradition of using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient Celtic custom which was taken to America by European immigrants. The faces of lost souls were carved onto hollowed out pumpkins and turnips and a candle was placed inside to make a lantern, which was placed on doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.
For the last 10 days we’ve been picking strawberries faster than we can eat them, so I made a batch of strawberry jam today. There is absolutely nothing as satisfying as preserving fruit that you have grown yourself and the taste is sublime, compared with shop-bought jam. In fact I don’t even buy supermarket jam any more.