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Cloncaw's Journal

Cloncaw's Journal

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First Peas Frozen from the Kitchen Garden.

26 August 2009 18:08:21
Kitchen Garden Produce

Kitchen Garden Produce

Picked and shelled peas today and while some went to the dinner table the balance went into the freezer. The remainder of the potatoes were lifted and carrots, white turnips and spring onions were also included into the basket. I need to spend a bit of time picking beans to freeze as there are now quite a few ready for use. There are a lot more peas that should be ready over the next couple of weeks and hopefully they will also go to the freezer, soon it will just be the two of us during the week with James back to college, Conor at school and David only home at weekends from the army.

As I was making tomato soup today I thought of how satisfying it must be to be able to use your own tomatoes and red onions instead of those from Lidl, hopefully that will be the case next year. Chillipepper and Jacintha's journals have inspired me reading about their tomato products, Joybells red onion string also made me want to grow my own as I only planted white onions this summer. While reading Alan Titchmarshes Kitchen Garden book earlier I discovered there are some over wintering onions in red as well as white so I'm going to see if I can find some sets to sow. I also discovered that my red spring onions will grow into large onions so I think the remainder will be thinned out to see what happens, I have been using them in some of my cooking. It's all a learning curve this gardening experience so there's going to be the occasional problem. Hopefully next year as the raised beds are already there things will happen earlier than this year.

The weather here has been reasonable today but the heavy rain last night has once again given some of the flowers a bit of a battering, hoping September provides us with an Indian Summer. Well time to head off to teach and earn some money to put the rest of the food on the table.

 


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chilipepper chilipepper 26 August 2009 18:43:10

i have planted a winter onion from seed, can be sown in Aug/Sept and will over winter in the ground and can be picked as a spring onion in Mar/Apr will check out the name and let you know, not sure if it can be done from sets! don't know why not!!


Monkells Monkells 26 August 2009 22:05:47

Sounds like you kitchen garden did well this year!!!


Rachel Rachel 26 August 2009 22:59:35

Wouldn't an Indian summer in September in great. Here's to wishing!


Cloncaw Cloncaw 26 August 2009 23:02:09

Chillipepper thanks for the info will have to do some research into it. Working on the tunnel but Rome wasn't built in a day. Hopefully tomatoes next year. I am happy with the results in my 1st year of growing veg Monkells but will be more organised for next year.


Mairin Mairin 27 August 2009 00:08:02

Impressed with that list you gave - wish I had the space!


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