Posts Tagged ‘salads’

Early June Garden.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 9, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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Hard to believe we are in June now. The good weather we have had over the last couple of weeks has really made a difference. Everything is growing so fast, I can hardly keep up with the potting up, tying in and pinching out! I have baby tomatoes set on some of the early plants, young peas and broad beans and flowers on my chilli's. My bush tomatoes were planted out in pots and tubs outside last week and are looking good with lots of flowers. The bed and borders are full and lush, with little spare space for any new plants, but as I have grown oriental poppies, helebores and himalayan cowslips from seed, I will have to find room somewhere! The soft fruit is looking great and there is a good set on the currants and blueberries. My garlic that was planted in October is gro

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Micro salad in 10 days

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender July 17, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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Exactly 10 days ago I have planted some rocket, mustard, mizuna and pak choi seeds and tonight I was able to thin the pots out and have the thinnings as a little salad for dinner with new potatoes and a handful of mangetout peas. The mizuna is really spicy, added lots of flavour to the dish and the rocket is just so tender and sweet when it's young. Oh and the red leaves on the right are beetroot bull's blood, very earthy and believe it or not it tastes like beetroot! Poor beetroot is still not growing very well but managed to find some young leaves; I wouldn't recommend eating old beetroot leaves raw. It is better to pick young leaves for raw salads, just blanch the older beetroot leaves just like you would do chard and you can serve them as a side dish. The rocket will provide me

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Micro Salads and Vegetables

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender July 5, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment 1 Comment
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The growing of micro salads and greens has been a sensation in the top restaurant trade for a number of years, but how many of the home gardeners grow them? Not many I would guess. I remember growing cress on an old flannel when I was in junior school. I have recently started growing cress again, not on a flannel this time, but in a plastic box on damp kitchen paper. The choice of what you can grow is endless, almost all veg you grow in the garden, can be grown as micro veg. I was reading an article about the top chef Raymond Blanc and his amazing organic garden. He grows a stunning array of micro veg along with the usual larger veg. Favorites seem to be, beetroot, celery, kales, mixed lettuce, mustards and spinach. They also grow lots of micro herbs like basil, coriander, chives, pa

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Incredible Edible Flowers

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 8, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , Comment No Comments
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Summer is the time for salads, iced drinks and lots of cakes and deserts. All of these can be made even more special with edible Flowers. A colourful mixed salad looks great, but add blue Borage flowers, orange Calendula petals and a scattering of pink Rose petals, and you have a stunning dish. Why not colour cordinate, halved red cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion with red Monada flowers and Red rose petals, dress with a balsamic dressing, magic! Or, Sungold toms, orange sweet peppers with orange Calendula petals garnished with purple Violets or Violas would look amazing. A more spicy salad or vegetable dish can be enhanced with a mix of herb flowers, the combinations are endless. Small flowers and petals look wonderful on top of cup cakes and flower petals can be add

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