Winter gardening

We’ve had some amazingly good weather so I thought I’d tackle the rocky outcrop at the top of the garden which was getting way over grown. Might have gone a little bit overboard on the clean up but at least now can you see the stones. Just out off shot there’s a nice big patch of young nettle coming up so that will be going in a nettle quiche before long.

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Down at the bottom of the garden both the veggie plot and polytunnels are still producing. A little way off picking anything in the polytunnels just yet but perhaps in a couple of weeks. The salad leaf and tatsoi are romping away as are the texel greens and mizuna.  No sign yet of the wild garlic or the Echinacea. In the tunnel where the centre is packed with strawberries the pak choi and chinese cabbage seem to be coming along nicely but no sign of the potatoes.

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While the veggie plot looks a bit sad it’s still full of goodies there’s kale, collards, cabbage, pak choi (almost finished) swede, parsnip, turnip, swiss chard, perpetual spinach, celeriac, rocket, carrots and sorrel all for the picking – plus some skanky looking calabrese which may end up in a soup. If the weather holds up I’d like to get this into some sort of shape before Christmas. A couple of dry sunny days on the trot and I could get some serious weeding done and dig in lots of manure. How amazing it would be to have the veggie plot in shape before the new season begins.

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Finally, you must try this it is so tasty…kale and mushroom oat risotto. You use pinhead oats in place of the rice – we used our own mushrooms and kale so it was a very cheap dish. You can find a recipe here.

Oatmeal risotto



3 thoughts on “Winter gardening

  1. As usually, I’m envious of your all year garden! If you get the wild garlic to germinate please let me know how you did it! I’ve been sowing it for three years now and not the first tiny seedling have I seen. I’d love to have it down by the spring – could go and graze there…


  2. I’ve sown them in two places – one where they said on the packet (outside in a damp place) and in the polytunnel. I’ll let you know if either appear – this grew like a weed in my garden in the UK but then you need to think damp!


  3. Your polytunnel is looking great, a lot busier than my greenhouse. Looks like you’ll have fresh salad leaves for Christmas! It’s still so mild here that little rocket seedlings are appearing in the veg garden. Good luck to them. Kale & mushroom oat risotto sounds good – bet it would also work well with pearl barley.


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