Articles written by: Helen

Recipe:  Blueberry Jam
Blueberries

Recipe: Blueberry Jam

This recipe is courtesy of the lovely Nigella! Ingredients 375g blueberries 200g jam sugar 50 ml water (or 25ml water & 25ml lemon juice if you want to cut through the sweetness a little) (I used just water) The above makes a firm set jam however if you want a […]

Recipe: Beetroot Gratin
Beetroot

Recipe: Beetroot Gratin

This is a very indulgent veg dish but is amazing.  The colour can only be described as vibrant.  Good with roast meats or on its own with some crusty bread to mop up the pink goo.  Serves 4 as a side dish or 2 as a main course.  I can’t […]

Recipe:  Crab Apple Jelly
Fruit

Recipe: Crab Apple Jelly

I was given some crabapples and decided to give it a go!  Another recipe that’s great on toast.  This recipe is my version cobbled from a few different recipes I found on the internet Ingredients Crab apples Water Cinnamon stick, cloves, lemon peel 450g sugar per 500ml juice obtained Method […]

Wildlife
Garden visitors

Wildlife

Not only do we enjoy the garden for the produce but we also enjoy it for the visitors.

August to do list
To do

August to do list

August is a month in the gardening calendar when there’s not vast amounts to do.  Having said that if you’re in the south east there’s every chance you could watering most days.  Harvesting and storing is the order of the day with some light sowing and planting.  However, there are […]

The fruits of our labour
Blueberries / Fruit / Strawberries

The fruits of our labour

Along with vegetables, we have been growing a bit of soft fruit.  Our blueberries were definitely the stars this year with a good crop which the blackbirds enjoyed as much as us!!

The Garlic Harvest
Garlic

The Garlic Harvest

We have lifted our first 23 bulbs of garlic (15 of [Illico] and 8 of [Purple Wight] in the last month both lots are drying nicely.  [Illico] is an early maturing hardneck variety (although the necks on ours don’t seem to be that hard!) and we could have harvested it […]

Courgettes

Recipe: Pasta with Courgettes

It’s at this time of year that we start to get a lot of courgettes and we need to be a little more creative than the standard stick them in the microwave with some olive oil and herbs for five minutes.  So here’s our first courgettes recipe.

Courgettes and Squash
Courgettes / Squash

Courgettes and Squash

I love courgettes and could eat them every day if I needed to.  My husband on the other hand is quite often heard muttering “not another bloody courgette” in late July!  This year I hope to ring the changes a bit more as I have been given a cookbook containing […]

Carrots

Carrots

We both love carrots and I eat at least two raw every week day with my lunch.  We always sow lots of carrots and this year was no exception.