Spring onions

I was riffling through my kitchen drawer, the one we all have that’s filled with odds and sods, and I found a packet of spring onion seeds. It was grey and snowy out, I long to see the bright green of spring and some new life. I grabbed a little pot filled it with soil and sowed some seeds, watered them, out them by the window and forgot about them.

little shoots

A week later, I went to water my plants and saw that these little shoots had already appeared. I’m going to thin them in a couple of days. I’m excited because the clocks go forward and hour, spring is only a few days away and more grass is revealed every day. f

Sproutin’

I’m excited!!! It’s really late in the growing season and the seeds I planted are shooting up. The look healthy and happy so far, I think I can now tell which are the radishes and which are the spinach.

Sproutin'Radish tips just starting to poke there way through the soil.

Sproutin'

Bunches of baby spinach…at least that’s what I think it is. Oh well, the important thing is that it’s growing.

Sproutin'

Spring onions shoots in the autumn, I wonder if they’ll be ready before the first frost, will they have to stick it out all through the winter?

Sproutin'

My lettuce tub has turned into a jungle, with the arugula leading the way. I’m sure this is weed of some sort, but it tastes soooooo good ,who cares?

See how they started out , Growin’ let the adventure begin

The Dutchess Club

This sandwich is named  after it’s creator, a good friend of ours who spent the last lazy days of summer breathing in the country air and sipping wine at The Croakery. Being the fabulous house guest that she was, Dutch (for short) wanted to make lunch, so she stole herself away from the sun and riffled through my kitchen until she came across these tasty bits.

The Dutchess club link

The Dutchess club

Here’s what she used,

Crusty bread, cut into fat fingers

Olive oil

A container of cherry tomatoes

A handful of fresh basil chopped up

4 Spring onions

Slices of roast chicken

Half an avocado

Sharp aged cheddar

Salt and pepper

Pre heat the oven to 425°

The Dutchess herself, chopping

The Dutchess herself, chopping

Chop the tomatoes in half and put into a bowl

Dutch's handy work

Dutch's handy work

Sprinkle in some spring onions

Sprinkle in some spring onions

Slice the spring onions and basil. Add the tomatoes along with some salt and pepper

Home made loaf waiting to be toasted

Home made loaf waiting to be toasted

Golden liquid greedily soaked in by the bread

Golden liquid greedily soaked in by the bread

Warm in the oven for 10 minutes or so

The flavours will seep into the warm bread

The flavours will seep into the warm bread

Now for the chicken

Now for the chicken

A fat slice of avocado

Layer on a fat slice of avocado

Fresh from the grill, the cheddar adds a salty tang

Fresh from the grill, the cheddar adds a salty tang

When everything is piled high return to the oven until all the layers have warmed through and the cheese has melted

I couldn't let her do all the work!!
I couldn’t let her do all the work!!
So I Plated up with greens from the garden

So I Plated up with a side of greens from the garden

Eating al fresco makes everything taste more incredible

Eating al fresco makes everything taste more incredible

Cheers Dutch

Cheers Dutch

Growin’ let the adventure begin

Like most people, I would say I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little, but what I know about gardening I could jot down on the back of a seed packet. But I ‘m going to have a bloody good crack at growing some goodies . I’ve wanted an allotment for ages, and finally, since moving to The Croakery, I have the space to put one somewhere. My plan is to make The Croakery self sufficient in vegetables and most fruits. OK, so it’s a long term plan, but I think it’s good to have a vision. So wish me luck. I’m jumping in knee deep. Maybe I should have exchanged my sandals for wellies before I began.

Oh well, So here’s my knowledge of growin’  ……if you plant it, they will grow. I had a little success in England a few years ago, tomatoes, spring onions, strawberries, raspberries and peas. But I really only grew enough for a tasting. My Brussel sprouts leaves were nurseries for caterpillars and  my leeks were thin and spindly….something to do with not thinning them. What???

So here I am at the start of Autumn wanting to get my thumbs well and truly green. I told you I was impatient. I haven’t got the time to dig my raised beds. I need to get what I’ve got into some soil now. What to do, what to do?  I know, plastic storage tubs. They’ll do nicely.

So off I trot to the garden centre to pick up a bunch of veg that’s half price and a few packets of seeds that can be planted late in the year (This is what I told myself).

I drilled holes....

I drilled holes....

Into my brightly coloured tubs

Into my brightly coloured tubs

Now I need some stones for drainage, that little I do know.

Tiny terror was more than willing to help move the stones

Tiny terror was more than willing to help move the stones

He was a great sport and didn’t mind sharing with his Mummy, In fact he did most of the grunt work.

Oh, I sort of borrowed them from his sand box

Oh, I sort of borrowed them from his sand box

Then the dump truck got in on the action

Then the dump truck got in on the action

Hmmm genius boy know using the bucket would be quicker

Hmmm genius boy know using the bucket would be quicker

He's a fast worker

He's a fast worker

This is what's being planted

This is what's being planted

Lettuce, right?

Lettuce, right?

Wispy fennel tops

Wispy fennel tops

Magic beans

Magic beans

ummm

yummm

Great roots, they have a fighting chance

Great roots, they have a fighting chance