a few things

Whittling, or the beginnings of

Dirty clothes from berries

And a belly full of them

Last year I let two chard plants go to seed to see what would come out of it, and I’m glad to report that there are a quite a lot of new ones that seeded, though the slugs are getting most of it…

jam

jam

For the first time I made red gooseberry jam. It’s delicious, it might be my favorite one!

Garden update

After few days without setting foot at the allotment we went back to a full garden, full of berries and other beautiful and delicious things.

The highlight for me was to see the artichokes flowers, three in total! I have two plants. And to taste Juneberries for the first time, It’s the third year I have had the plant and this is the first time it has fruited. The berries are so similar to blueberries, and the taste very similar, tough less sweet, totally recommend it!

Another thing I really enjoyed from our last visit, it was to see how inspired the children felt to cook with our food. Once we arrived home they made fruit salad and crumble. Today one very lucky gran,  tasted a very garlicky salad made from rocket and radishes! She tried it and left the rest for later…

Em Português:

Depois de muitos dias sem termos ido à horta, quando lá chegamos estava a transbordar de fruta de bagas e outras coisas bonitas e deliciosas.

Gostei particularmente de ver as flores de alcachofras, três! Eu tenho duas plantas. E de experimentar pela primeira vez Juneberries. Em português parece que esta planta não tem nome vulgar, referindo-se apenas como Amelanchier ovalis, o seu nome latino, mas vi este post muito interessante sobre a presença da planta em Portugal. As bagas são muito parecidas aos mirtilos tanto como na aparência como no sabor, se bem que menos doces, mas recomendo vivamente!

Uma outra coisa que gostei imenso, foi de ver como as crianças ficaram inspiradas para cozinhas com a nossa comida, quando chegamos a casa fizeram logo uma salada de frutas e um crumble. Hoje a avó foi uma sortuda, pois recebeu de oferta uma salada com muito alho, nabos e rúcula, ela provou e deixou o resto para mais tarde…

warm Spring

beach day

beach day

This Spring has been unusually warm and dry; we are enjoying it immensely really, with high doses of vitamin D, beach goings, gardening and even short sleeves (for short periods of time, but still)!

At the same time, in the garden,  there are patterns that are repeated, no matter how warm it is, some years later, some earlier, but Spring nonetheless.

My windows are once more turned into a green house. I start seedlings at home, where I can water them more frequently than in the allotment, then plant them into bigger pots and take them to the communal polytunnel in the allotment, this year I won’t have a space (something that I want to write more about later).

seedling

seedling

seedling

Sowing peas (thank you to Paul for these pictures)

peas

peas

and potatoes,

planting potatoes

planting potatoes

and of course, we can’t speak of Spring and not mention a flowering cherry tree.

cherry tree

bumble bee