Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A bit of propogating

I've never been much good at growing things from cuttings .  For example, my sister Karen on Rosemary, "just pull bits off and stick them in the ground". I do that? They all die. She does that? They all grow into robust plants.

This is my attempt at lavender. We have a beautiful pink one here and four of a row of them just "FLEW" away in our latest gales.  Disappeared. Nada,  nothing left. Ripped out by the roots.

I'm feeling pretty hopeful about 5 of these. I have been careful with them. Woody parts selected. Stripped stalks.  Tops trimmed. They look the part and, boy, I'll be stoked if they grow.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Canning Broad Beans

I have canned broad beans several different ways.  Some in an oil/lemon/vinegar/thyme mixture, a bit like artichokes and these ones in salt and mint.  Very yummy!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Devastation - The Glasshouse is Goneburger

Big gale force winds overnight, which woke us at 4am and we didn't get any more sleep.  At 1:37pm at the time of writing this, it's still gusting, though no where near as bad.

The glasshouse is anihilated, with the frame bent, all the glass gone and not recoverable.

I am even more devastated by the damage done to the plants the glass landed on, it's tragic really.

I don't know how we will replace it, or with what.  For the moment it's a large cleanup job, then waiting for the wind to go so I can water and give the broken plants some hope.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Early morning Elderflower Cordial making

It's mins past 7am and I am zimmering a 6 litre batch of cordial from fragrant elderflowers. They steeped overnight and now its time to bottle them up.