Month: March 2014

Friend’s Hollyhock Seeds are Coming Through!

My Hollyhocks are coming through! Using clear plastic to keep heat in really makes a difference to germination.

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I’ve called them Betty seeds because they came from my friend Betty’s garden. I am so excited but might not get flowers until next year.

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Found this little fella wondering around too…anybody know what it is?

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Unused Fruit to Yummy Juice

I decided to use up my old(ish) fruit today and made a vitamin packed juice out of oranges and kiwis with my new hand blender and one of its attachments. If you don’t mind kiwi seeds it tastes great and is an easy way to eat fruit and minimise food waste!

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All chopped up

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Gearing up for Easter! 🙂

If you fancy a treat you could add ice cream and make it into a smoothie!  🙂

A Day of Cardinal Wolsey

A couple of weeks ago my friend Louise and I went on a random bike ride around Leicester and discovered loads of history relating to Cardinal Wolsey!

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He was Henry vii almoner (someone who distributes money from the Church apparently! ) and he died in Leicester Abbey whilst travelling south to face trial for treason. The picture above is taken in Abbey Park.

We cycled past the National Space Centre and found that the old hoisery factories have been torn down, with only the chimneys remaining:

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And found, again, another reference to Wolsey! Can you see his name on the chimney?

We then cycled to Belgrave Flyover and found that it was being demolished….

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And found ANOTHER reference to Wolsey!!!

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Can you see it? Written on the building!

I had not even heard of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey before this day! We did feel like Leicester was trying to tell us something…..!

Cooking with vegetables

Yummy; this looks tasty! 🙂

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Not sure where all my time goes at the moment.  Perhaps trying to juggle too many things as usual.  However today is a good veggie day as we are having Vegetable Biryani with all our veggies.   It always feels good to be able to use what I grow, knowing what has been sprayed on it (nothing), how it has been stored (various) and how good they taste (very).  So in case anyone wants to try it (would highly recommend it too):

Spiced Vegetable Biryani

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small cauliflower (North Foreland at the moment) broken into small florets
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (I have substituted butternut squash instead)
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1.2ltr hot vegetable stock
  • 3 tablespoons Balti curry paste
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (I used my dried ones and 1 tablespoon boiling water)
  • Large pinch of saffron stems (must try growing some)
  • 2 tsp…

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Wonderful Sunday working on the Allotment and Back Garden

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Sometimes you just HAVE to spend the day in the sun working on your plot and wrapping it up with a lovely glass of fizz!

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Yesterday was wonderfully sunny and I managed to get so many jobs done! The potatoes are in (see Seaweed and Potatoes), onions and leeks weeded, new onion sets sown, flower beds weeded and even managed to strim my little lawn! 🙂

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The day ended well with a yummy roast round my friend’s house!

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Seaweed and Potatoes!

My family are from Anglesey so when I went back at Christmas, decided to rent a van and bring back as much seaweed as possible for the allotment!

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I rinsed the diesel transporting what must have been half a tonne of seaweed back to Leicester and managed to mulch one of my beds. There are many benefits of using seaweed on your plot…mulch to prevent weeds from growing and a nice warm start to the ground, nitrogen, yummy carbohydrates to give veg nutrients, slightly salty to prevent slugs. Perfect! All the other allotmenteers thought I was nuts to have so much seaweed on one bed but the effort has paid off!

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Although I had to break up some bits of dry seaweed; the rain, worms and elements had made sure the seaweed rotted down nicely into the bed. Suprisingly, the earth was full of worms and really workable!

I decided to put my earlies in this bed (rocket and some supermarket sprouting pots) so will let you know how they get on!

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Saving Seeds from a Friend’s Garden

Last summer I spent a lot of time in my friend’s garden and absolutely loved these flowers:

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Here I am taking a shameless selfie of me and this beautiful flower. Has anybody got a clue as to the name of this beautiful plant?

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I saved loads of the seeds last year and have now sowed a punnet of them! Fingers crossed they will germinate and I can have these beautiful flowers in my garden! 🙂

Living by an Urban Allotment

I feel ever so lucky every time I look out of a back window of my new home. I have the best of both worlds. City centre living with calm, tranquil and beautiful surroundings. Being able to see my plot every day is a blessing 🙂

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View from my bathroom window

As the house is south facing, I also get to see some fantastic sunrises and sunsets! Will capture and show soon! 🙂