Thursday, 9 August 2018
As you know we are in the process of moving. I heard from our solicitor earlier this week and she said all our searches were back and there was nothing to report, so good news basically. She is waiting for some paperwork to be returned by the people we are buying from and then we should be at draft contract stage if not further. Unfortunately we have a holiday booked at a crucial time but what will be will be.
Hubby and I went through the garden and anything that could be pulled up and preserved in any way we did. I'm trying to use up as much as possible or prep ready to be used with meals. The beetroot was boiled, some was pickled and some served with dinner.
The 3 large cucumbers were turned into sweet cucumber relish which is absolutely delicious with barbeque food like burgers and sausages. Its not bad with a good mature cheddar in a sandwich too. I made more chilli jam as the whole family love it. This batch was made extra hot ready for presents for my sister and brother who prefer it that way.
The fruit leather made from plum mash was taken out of the solar dryer and rolled then cut into strips. Kellogg's do a modern version called fruit winders but mine contain no preservatives and far less sugar. I'm hoping to do some pear leather in a few weeks time as our neighbours pears that are overhanging our garden are huge. They don't eat them and let us have them. We have lost a lot of our own pears due to the heat.
I'd picked 3 large courgettes and to be honest I have more than enough in the freezer, so I used my julienne slicer to cut it finely and placed it in the dryer which I've never done before.
It dried beautifully and takes up no room at all, I've double bagged it and I'll put it soups and stews throughout the winter. I'll definitely be doing this again.
I picked all the kale as I thought if I left it much longer the cabbage white pests would get it. This was washed and shredded, bagged up and placed in the freezer.
The most satisfying thing about growing your own vegetables is when you look down at your dinner plate and realise its only the halloumi and turkey that have been bought. The beetroot, potatoes, cucumber tomatoes and green beans are from your garden and they taste wonderful. Even the chilli jam accompaniment is home made from home grown tomatoes.
Despite moving to a much smaller garden I will be using every inch I can to continue growing my own. I'm looking forward to adopting some vertical garden techniques. I've been practising with the butternut squash in the greenhouse. I do love a challenge. Have you ever tried vertical gardening? Do you have a small garden but grow lots of your own produce? I'd love to hear your tips and advice. Bye for now. Tx