The nearby town was frantic with shoppers. It is much calmer here on the holding where we have been gathering up ingredients for tomorrow’s Sunday dinner.
Sweet shallots and cox style apples from our stores; thyme from a ragged bush in a terracotta pot near the piggery; the cider – bought, as we have finished all of the lovely OH’s homebrew; the plump pheasant also bought, and the reason for the venture into the melee.
Potatoes, again from stores:
and some wilted stems of swiss chard from the vegetable garden.
The recipe is this one from Delia.
Well, not that serious really. Though I have decided to knuckle down and sort out a vegetable and flower planting schedule. Ta da!
Apparently there are apps out there, only they need an ipad, iphone or isomething and I haven’t got an ithing. I do, however, have a dodgy PC which has to be plugged into the router with an ethernet cable which is lashed in silver tape. It works …. until it gets a bit hot … and then it doesn’t. Which is when a lot of x?!!..@tives emerge. I did play some of the demos of the apps but got bored and wandered off to make a cup of tea.
Mug of tea in hand, I’ve had a quick rummage on the internet….very quick. A google search of ‘RHS Veg’ brought up the planner, (see here: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/pdfs/gyo/vegplanner). I’ve decided on a sowing rate of veg plot half row plus 30% for failures every week during the sowing span on the planner, (very scientific), from which I shall build in an email triggered alert in gmail to REMIND ME to do the sowing. According to the veg planner first up will be broad bean; french bean; cauliflower; leek; onion and tomatoes. I shall add chilli to the list. As I am determined to use up the mountains of seed packets I have, the varieties will be whatever is in the cardboard box in the utility room.
Better go and haul out the propagator.
We missed the snowfall but have a heavy ground frost. The ruby chard lives up to its name: