Sunday, 17 September 2017

Winter salad greens for my planters

Hi everyone

I have neglected my blog over the summer due to an extended holiday. However, now it is time to get some of the jobs done ahead of Autumn.

My 4 tomato plants survived being left outside while we were away - fortunately, we had regular rain which kept them going, Hopefully they will still ripen because there are a lot of small tomatoes on the plants.


I shared my new salad planters with you earlier in the year - they have provided us with a plenty of salad greens over the summer - it has been brilliant to just open the back door & pick enough for a salad - the simple things in life are often the best!

My Elho planters have been absolutely brilliant & I am determined to make the most of them.

On my return from holiday, I knew it was time to redo them with the hope that I would have enough greens & salad leaves for winter. Do you also eat salad all year round?


 The straggly, last lettuce leaves were pulled out, then it was time for a trip to the local garden centre.

However, they only had kale plants or some swiss chard with its bright, colourful stems.



Fortunately, I found some salad seeds in their sale section so perhaps all is not lost.


The planter with the kale plugs has the first of the salad seeds sown - these are meant to be ready in 25 days so I will see how that goes ...


I love the bright stems of the chard - the ones at the back are from an early planting but they have not done too well so they will stay for the time being. 



These two planters have swiss chard in them ...


Planted & covered up again with their lovely covers that keep the soil warm & the plants protected. They benefit from radiated warmth from the house walls too in this sunny, protected spot.


The green planter on the left by the water butt, has the kale & first salad greens in it ...



A quick rain shower waters the planters before I had a chance to put the lids back on ... 


The Elho planters were a great idea for growing some bits at home.  I will give you an update on their use in winter ... 


Do you grow any bits of your own at home? I find it hugely satisfying to see things progress. Thank you for stopping by & visiting my blog ...
Dee ~♥~

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Exploring local history on a walk ....

Hi everyone

Our long summer holidays means time to get out & enjoy catching up with friends. The Godsons & their Mum joined me for a local walk that none of us had actually done before ...




We set off to explore ...



Lush, overgrown areas, hinting at their past use with old stone walls ... 




Beautiful skies & old structures ..


 The Godsons going up to explore through a very narrow gap ...


Tranquil lakes with reflections of all the lovely greenery from the woods ...


 The hills are covered in pretty natural plants that looked very pretty - nature has the best colour combinations.


With several stables & paddocks close by, they have a designated track which was good ..


The road after the horses had passed by ...




This is the perfect space for the energetic lads to burn off some energy & enjoy the outdoors as we used to do as children ...




 Lovely walks in beautiful countryside ...


The horses are enjoying the sunshine & lush grazing too ...




A pretty goat who was company for a horse ...





A lovely time with a good supply of foraged blackberries from the hedgerows  that was made in to crumbles for pudding this week ...


It was very interesting to explore something that is really close but that we have not been to yet - perfect holiday leisure time! 


I am sure we will be returning to visit this again as we did not see all of it ... I hope you have enjoyed it too, thank you for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment,
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The fruits of our foraging ....

Hi everyone,

I met up with the lovely Godsons & their Mum to catch up & we went for a lovely local walk that none of us had visited before. We started off as a walk until we came across the hedgerows full of luscious blackberries.

After a scramble around our bags, Ellie found a small plastic bag & I lined my Radley shopper with some tissues & we started picking & eating ....




Lovely blackberries ...



A handful of goodness ...


 My foraging haul - a generous little Ikea bowl of deliciousness


Who doesn't love apples & blackberries? I prepared some little individual ones ... 


I added in the very last of my blackcurrants too - they have not been as abundant this year ... 


I have moved away from carbs towards healthy alternatives but not yet confident with their individual properties. However, a random instagram post from a contact where she used the above combination for a cheesecake base gave me the inspiration ....






All ready for the crumble topping - made from almond, chick pea & coconut flours with some desiccated coconut for crunch ...



I rubbed in 2 tablespoons of each flour in to about 100g of butter, a shake of cinnamon powder for taste & then it was crumbled over the mix.


The little pots ready for the oven ... 


How good does this look?



I had mine with some thick natural yoghurt - it was really so tasty - from the hedgerow to the table in an couple of hours



I hope you have enjoyed this - will you be out foraging in the summer hedgerows?

Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to read & comment.
Dee ~♥~