Archive for 23 Feb ’14

  • wpid-IMAG0916.jpgChitting Lady Christl and King Edward potatoes
  • wpid-IMAG0917.jpgSeed packets

Seed and potato selection

In case the weather changes, and we’re able to use the garden to grow things, we have bought a few seeds and some seed potatoes for this growing season.  We’ve selected Lady Christl as our early potatoes, and King Edward as our maincrops.  We’re going to try peas this year, so have bought Little Marvel seeds; we have some Best of All runner beans and Blue Lake French bean seeds left from last year.  We have some Golden Gourmet shallot sets, as these are good for pickling, it is claimed.  We have Boltardy and Chioggia beetroot seeds left from last year, but have added Yellow Cylindrical to these.  We’ve picked up some Chantenay carrot seeds, so we’ll see how that goes – they might be able to cope with our impenetrable clay soil as they’re not very long carrots.  We’re also going to try to grow sweetcorn (Swift variety) and celeriac (Monarch) and trusty kale (Nero Di Toscana Precoce).

  • wpid-IMAG0904.jpgChopped oranges soaked overnight
  • wpid-IMAG0913.jpgBoil oranges
  • wpid-IMAG0914.jpgSugar and lemon juice added, and a vigorous boil until it gets to 104.5 C
  • wpid-IMAG0915.jpgMarmalade into jars

Sweet orange and whiskey marmalade

I actually looked all over for Seville oranges to make marmalade, as I believe they arrive in the shops around mid January to February.  I couldn’t find any, so bought a few sweet oranges instead, and tried a recipe from the River Cottage Preserves handbook by Pam Corbin.  We juiced the oranges and then chopped up the rind fairly thin, then soaked it overnight.  Then boiled it up, added a little lemon juice and demerara sugar and then added a single measure of Irish whiskey after the setting point has been reached.

  • wpid-IMAG0911.jpgView down the vegetable plot.
  • wpid-IMAG0912.jpgThe apple tree stump

Garden restoration

It didn’t rain today, so we had a very rare opportunity to go into the garden and appraise the level of carnage and destruction the relentless wet and windy onslaught has caused.  Our main concern is to replace the rotting flimsy fences before we sow anything in the vegetable plot.  Before we can do this, we’ve arranged to have the stump of an old apple tree ground out.  The stump is in the perfect place to make it impossible to properly fix a new fence.