Sunday, 22 May 2011

Green Manure has started to sprout

That's exactly 7 days that it took to emerge from their little beds.

I'm writing this here for my record, so next time I plant Green Manure I'll know how long it takes.

Sunday, 15 May 2011


...named because of all the holes and the barren landscape the first time I saw it!

Day 1 - Before

Day 1 - After, leveled ready for the green manure to be sown

Day 2 - Green manure sown (oats, barley, peas, wheat)
Green manure is used when either you aren't ready to use the soil for anything else or if you want to work on improving the soil. It should also stop the weeds coming through. In 2-3 months (if it grows) I will mow it before it flowers, with the catcher off. Leaving it all on the ground as mulch.

Day 2 - Second section, green manure sown

I used a shovel, rake and mattock to dig and level this land. A little over half to go, hopefully next weekend. The 2nd half is definitely going to be harder, with a lot more weeds.
I found 2 ant nests, 1 centipede and 2 large garden spiders, sadly Neddie got to one of the spiders :(

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Roast Pumpkin Soup

I just made this divine Roast Pumpkin soup and thought I'd post the recipe so I don't forget.

1/2-3/4 butternut pumpkin diced with skin left on
1 onion quartered
3-4 cloves of garlic peeled
2 carrots chopped
olive oil
dried mixed herbs
2 heaped tsp vegetable stock
1 cup boiling water

Roast pumpkin, onion, garlic and carrots in olive oil, turmeric and dried herbs until soft. Drain most of the olive oil off the vegetables (I keep my oil for another use). Then put vegetables into a saucepan with the vegetable stock and boiling water and boil for 5 minutes or so. Then blend everything together until smooth, then eat.