All tment Glutton
Welcome to my blog.
The Allotment Glutton is where I share allotment anecdotes, potting shed politics, plot experiments, harvests & seasonal Plot2Plate recipes for maximum exploitation of fruit and veg gluts.
My garden and allotment plots are based in St Leonards on Sea, near Hastings, East Sussex.
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My recipe index will grow as produce is harvested from my plot, so check back regularly.
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By Angie, Mar 5 2013 03:00PM
Well, if you had asked me, aged 8, what I thought of spring greens, my answer would have been a big "yuck!!"
All that has changed now.
This year, my source of spring greens is going to be my brussel sprout tops which look fab (and are ready now compared to my cabbages which have been stunted by the wet weather)!
I will also start sowing summer cabbages and salad crops now.
I have been a bit cheeky and bought a tray of living salads from the supermarket back in December, which I planted into large modules to grow on. I plan to put these into a raised bed in the greenhouse this weekend to grow on for some early salads.
Thankfully the days of boiling greens to death (or horror of horrors, in water with bicarbonate of soda added to take out the colour - and kill any vitamins!) are long gone!!
My favourite ways of serving up spring greens are lightly steamed with a little garlic butter dressing; or some softened onion and bacon. You can also deep fry, similar to fried seaweed you get in the chinese restaurants.
By Angie, Mar 4 2013 08:33PM
One plant that it is worth planting this time of year is broad bean. They are ready at the moment when thee overwintering crops haven't yet produced anything and the majority of the winter crops are almost depleted.
I usually plant Aquadulce Claudia, a variety which would overwinter. However, last year I overwintered the plants but didn't gain much over the late winter planted harvests on the other plots.
With so much to do on the new plot, I have left sowing until now.
I plant the broad beans in toilet rolls - mainly because the slugs would have the plants as they appear otherwise. It also adds a little insurance against poor weather in early March which could finish off young seedlings. So, instead, I plant out pretty tough little plants in late March having sown them indoors and transferred into the coldframe to harden off.
Hopefully, by June, I will have some lovely broad beans that I can use to conjure up some delicious recipes with!
By Angie, Feb 14 2013 12:24PM
Home grown produce is the food of love in our house, so Happy Valentine's Day to everyone! Welcome to the Allotment Glutton website which launches today. Over the next few weeks I will be adding more blog posts and recipes as the planting year progresses.