Archive | February, 2013

One potato, two potato…

28 Feb

I feel like winter is beginning to be banished from the doorstep, which for me means moving up a gear with my planned planting. Today I did some research into potatoes, one of the things I remember digging up as a child but not sadly for many years. I came across an article on heirlooms and which in the opinion of the author were the ones to choose, and the ones to loose. I wanted to plant some that were not your bog standard so decided on two varieties, one I’m hoping to crop as an early and the other as a main. I’ve got to be honest, I was a little confused by the first early, second early, main crop malarkey. However, I’m going to give it a go and the plan is to have the ‘International Kidney’ variety as the early and ‘Winston’ as the main, planting them a couple of weeks apart in order to have a long run of them…Bring on the chipping, mashing and roasting!

Chitting… Pop them, eye side up and wait for the sprouts to emergechitting

What came first…

15 Feb

I thought I’d follow up my post on eggs with a post on chicks, of a sort…Chickpeas! After finding Alys Fowler’s The Thrifty Gardner I was inspired to plant some chickpeas. they looked so pretty in the book with small feathers leaves, and bonus, they’re edible! I treated them as I did sprouts and once they had a small bit of growth on them popped them in some all purpose compost. I’ve not got a lot to show now but will post up a picture when, fingers crossed, they emerge. DSCF0234

Exciting stuff.DSCF0241┬áThese sprouted chickpeas make for a delicious raw hummus. No need to cook; blitz with lemon, garlic, cumin, oil, water and seasoning for a nuttier, and I think more delicious version of everyone’s picnic staple.

 

They don’t look like much now but judging by the rate they sprouted it shouldn’t be too long before their busting through the soil.

 

Eggs is eggs

9 Feb

So it turns out that it’s not just what’s inside the shell that counts. After some research it appears that shells make for excellent plant food, along with wee, bone meal and compost. Eggs are something most have in the house, fry-ups, baking we go through them. Most unhesitatingly chuck the shells away without a second thought. No more!

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They may be eggs but I think there is something quite beautiful about these dried out shells

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I left mine in the oven for a week, heating up and cooling down as I cooked and eventually drying out.

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They absolutely stink when they are ground; lets hope the plants appreciate it.