Another job done was a batch of Lemon and Grapefruit Marmalade using a tin of prepared Lemon Home Cook Marmalade and a tin of grapefruit in juice. This makes a really tangy marmalade - I think it's my favourite.
Plus at last the front and side hedges are finished. I don't do the bit right at the end of the garden, it's more trees than hedge (and the extension lead won't reach that far) and I certainly can't do the huge hedge between me and the field. For one thing its just too high and for another it's where all the hedge sparrows live- it's a much thicker and denser Hawthorn hedge - than all the rest. It also doesn't have loads of brambles sticking out so I can get close enough to mow along the bottom.
Added to the food produced list this week were the first beetroot - small but perfectly formed.
I also picked the first mange-tout peas which went into a stir-fry and then more to put in the freezer after a quick blanche. There won't be many to freeze but a few is better than nothing.
Now the question of the day -Shall I go and look round the first car-boot sale tomorrow? It's the local small one rather than the Huge Needham Market boot sale which has been cancelled for the rest of the year. I've read the website about strict arrival times for sellers and buyers and how they will have spaced the cars and put tapes up to make a one-way route for people buying - that's all fine but I have a feeling it will be crazy busy.
The updated food from home list (produced since March)
- 9 small lettuces (I now have a gap because the next sowing took ages to get going)
- Rocket and small beetroot leaves
- 6 Cucumbers - and 8 more given away
- a few asparagus spears
- lots of rhubarb
- A surprising amount of strawberries from 6 new plants.
- 3lb of gooseberries
- Lots of raspberries and 3lb put in the freezer
- Several courgettes.
- Few new potatoes
- First tomatoes from greenhouse
- First Aubergines
- 2lb Redcurrants
- Few mange-tout peas
This week I'm grateful for
- A visit from Eldest Daughter and Eldest Grandson has been arranged
- More delicious raspberries
- Rain for the garden
- More good books