(Life in the garden)
There’s quite a bit happening in the allotment right now. We harvested the last of the artichokes and I pickled them in olive oil. The preparation is quite a mission but worth it in the long run as they really are summer on a plate. We also harvested the end of the broad beans that survived the snow and being squashed by the collapsed shade cloth. I double podded, blanched and froze over a kilo of them. I think that they are the most delicious of all beans, with their lovely creamy and nutty flavour. Kho leaves a bowl of freshly picked strawberries on our kitchen counter every morning and we enjoy eating them with yoghurt and cereal for breakfast, or in smoothies. We are also picking spinach, lettuce and a variety of herbs for salads. I haven’t bought a salad pack for months.
Our potatoes are almost ready to be dug up and I think Meg (our house-, doggy- and granny sitter) will be reaping the rewards of our early planting more than us. Otherwise, we’ve got chilli, pepper, brinjal, tomato, beetroot, beans, peas and cucumber seedlings coming on, and hopefully we will be harvesting those when we return.
There also seems to be a lot of activity in the garden, which is starting to feel like a real country garden at last. And I just wanted to share these photos with you before I leave to go on my travels.