18th January to 31st January 2015 on Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender February 1, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Firstly my apologies that my weekly update has taken two weeks but this has more to do with life and the weather getting in the way . I'd managed to fall ill which my wife said was caused by digging up at the allotment in the wind and rain which naturally I disagreed I said I must have definitely picked up the chest infection at work . After all everybody knows that once you get several plot holders together work stops and you end up having a social gathering in the shelter of somebody's shed .  So I guess we've established I've been a bit lazy so far this year and on the days when I've been able to go outdoors the snow or hailstones have been falling. January is a very frustrating month in the gardening calender and yet I always feel I should be doing something and that what I have done

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Valentine open apple turnover

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender January 30, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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For 10:4 eating apples50grams of raisins, reconstituted in hot waterHandful of flaked almonds1 tablespoon for sprinkling2-3 tablespoons of sugar for the filling3 teaspoons of cinnamon1 lemon, juice of25grams of butter1 pack of 10 small sheets of all butter puff pastryWhipped cream to serve (optional)1 table spoon of water Method:Put the sheets of pastry on a board to defrost slightly.Heat oven on 200degrees.Wash and cut up apples, leave skin on.Drain the raisins.Put lemon juice in a bowl, add the apples, stir well to coat them.Add the raisins, cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of sugar to the apples.With a cookie cutter cut out a heart from each sheet of pastry, you can save cut offs or roll it out for more.

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Making heart shaped carrots

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender January 23, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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Because Valentine’s day is almost upon us, I thought I’d share you some ideas to make the evening meal extra special.It doesn’t require a huge effort, but the impact  is guaranteed….Of course you can use these also on mother’s day or father’s day an engagement, or wedding etc. You’ll need:A large carrot  (winter type)A peelerKnifesAnd a cuttingboard.  Method:Cut top and bottom of the carrot and peel the carrot.Cut the carrot in lenghts of 4-5cm so it’s easier to handle.Stend the carrot up and cut a V into it.That’s the dip in the heart.Keep the V at the top and cut  the sides opposite (also a V).This will give you a heart shape of some sort.Doesn’t have to be perfect!Cu

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Valentine’s day soup with Heart shaped carrots

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender January 23, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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 Serves 8 as a starter:4 large carrots heart shaped4 onions sliced (crescents)2 liters of water4 cubes of chicken stock or ready  made2-3 chicken filets whole1 chili pepperSalt and pepperHandful of soup pasta Method:To see how I've cut my carrots into hearts, see this.Put in a large pan the water, onions, carrots, chicken, chili and the stock cubesBring to the boil (but don’t let is boil harshly as it will toughen up the chicken, just a simmer)Cook until vegetables and chicken are cooked.Remove chicken from the pan and let cool slightly before tearing the fillets into chunks, add the chunks back in the pan and add the pasta.Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook until pasta is ready. 

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11th – 17th January 2015 On Plot 44

PersonAuthor: Paul1shCalender January 17, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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This week has been very much about sorting out my Jerusalem Artichokes . I originally began growing them back in February 2013 when I purchased 2 different varieties ( Fuseau and Gerard)  from a farmer's market and then received another variety from a fellow plot holder. I duly planted them and in May the plants began to grow and grow . By August they were all close to 8 feet high with yellow mini sunflowers at the top . I waited and looked forwards to my very first harvest . Sadly it seems that the wireworms liked to munch on the tubers and with that being the second year that the ground had been cultivated since the 1970's there were plenty of wireworms in the ground .  So my first harvest wasn't too pleasing with the surviving edible tubers being fairly small and knobbly making i

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Super quick lentil soup

PersonAuthor: MaaikeCalender January 16, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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serves 3-4 people:1 tablespoon (sunflower) oil1 onion, finely chopped1 carrot, finely diced1 stalk of celery, finely chopped1, clove of garlic, finely choppedSalt and pepper1 litre of (chicken) stock1 can (400grams) of brown lentils, drained1-2 tablespoons of vinegar (to taste)1 tablespoon (or little can) of tomato puree   Method:In a large pan heat up the oil.Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic to the oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.Soften the vegetable for 3-5 minutes on low heat (no colouring).Add the stock and bring to the boil,  boil for about 5 minutes.Add the lentils and heat through. Add vinegar and the tomato puree and check seasoning. 

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Grow Cabinet Light Box

PersonAuthor: MarkCalender January 14, 2015PostedTags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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My how i made my light box grow cabinet for £40.Originally i wanted to use an old chest of draws and convert it to a light box. However i do not have a garage or shed suitable so i had to think about having one in the house. This was not a problem but i didn't really fancy a scrappy lump of wood with wires sticking out in my office. So i did some thinking and came up with my build. Hope you like it as much as i do.I started off with a canvass wardrobe, A simple light weight structure that allowed a large space for my plants and also gave me the additional shelves for storage.It did not take long to set up and for a mere £17 including delivery i really think it was a bargain. After all a tin of white gloss paint was going to cost around £15 just to make the first idea of a w

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Containers in your garden plot

PersonAuthor: MarkCalender January 12, 2015PostedTags: , , , Comment 1 Comment
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The year 2014 is now past and for me it was the first year of growing any variety of veg or salad and i will be the first to admit i did go a little mad trying to grow everything i possibly could. With this being my second year and absorbing knowledge from the forum here at Seed Parade i thought i would share a few of my mistakes. We all make them but when it saves a new grower money i thought i would share my experience on containers. Container growing dos require a little more care and attention however with the time and effort everyone can grow a fantastic array to harvest for the dinner plate and even more to give away to friends and family.First i will start with stackable containers. Trust me they look bigger than they are and once stacked up they are even smaller. Each pot, on

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Seed Collection

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Gathering tomato seeds is not as scary as it might sound.  After growing a few different varieties you may find one that you like so much, that you want to ensure you will always be able to have the seeds to grow your own at home without the risk of the shop your bought them from not stocking them next year.All you need to do is take a few simple steps and you can guarantee that next year you will have the same tomatoes that have enjoyed in the past and without having to hunt down elusive seeds.Firstly, we need a few bits and pieces to enable us to gather those seeds, namely, a tomato. Pick one that is ripe from a disease free plant.You will need a bowl, a sieve, some water and some paper towels.Slice the tomato in half and scoop out the seeds with as little ‘jelly

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Planning Week

PersonAuthor: MarkCalender January 10, 2015PostedNo TagsComment No Comments
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All is quiet on the front garden plot, with the weather rather unfit to do anything other than tie things down to stop them blowing away it seemed a great time to start planning my grow cabinet and organzing my seeds and checking out some new varieties that i would like to try this new season.Excited at the prospect of my grow cabinet i began the week ordering all the required materials i would need. Electric propagator, light fittings, grow bulbs and the reflective material i will be using to maximise the light. Slowly but surely items arrived and i set myself the task to build this weekend, But no, let down by a delivery of only half a product either due to the damage by the courier or by the seller. Typical when the best made plans get hampered out of our control. So the grow ligh

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