Monthly Archives: May 2012

From the Garden

I fully intended to share a post about the results of the cold-frame, and our first harvest (which was ages ago!), but what with one thing and another (and then another) I never got around to it. But a few days ago I snapped some photos of a basket full of greens I was picking for lunch. We’ve been eating salads daily. They are made up of mesclun, baby swiss chard, kale thinning, radishes, wild sorrel and, of course, chives. We have an accidental red cabbage plant left over from last year that is flowering, so I’ve also been tossing in the purple buds, which make a nice touch.

I’ve been seeing the value of successive planting and am trying to keep up with that so that when one row of mesclun/lettuce gets old I’ve got another just coming into its prime.  Which reminds me, I should sow another row today!

The cold frames were great, though they have not be necessary for quite some time. I used them mainly for the greens I mention above, though I also started some kale plants which have now been planted out.

The rest of the garden is planted and I’m looking forward to the coming season.

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Good Cheer Goats

Meet the Good Cheer Goats: Gertie and Gretel.

(I have to say I have been trying to get some good photos of them and having NO LUCK! They move about so, and are always too close. And in addition, it seems that EVERYBODY (baby, goats) wants to get at the camera, which is not helping. So please take my word for it: they are really cute. Hopefully I’ll be able to get better photos soon, perhaps when I am able to pass Little R off to Daddy!)

These two little ones arrived this morning and are settling in to their new home. They are missing their mother a little but seem to enjoy our company and are friendly and gentle.

Oh, the adventures we shall have!

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I’ve been trying to make the most of our rhubarb. Nothing we’ve planted, and growing as it does in various odd spots, it’s fun to tramp about and harvest. (Incidentally, I can’t believe I JUST learned that you are meant to pull and not cut rhubarb!)

So far I’ve made rhubarb muffins and rhubarb oatmeal scones (instead of apple). I also tried a small batch of rhubarb chutney, which was so successful I made a larger batch and canned it. And most recently a rhubarb pie. My pastry left a little to be desired, but the filling was perfect.

I feel like this is just the beginning of the rhubarb, so I’ll probably end up exploring more rhubarb recipes. I’m learning that sometimes baking recipes are too quick to sweeten the rhubarb into submission, so I generally cut back to let the rhubarb shine, or zing.  And I’m particularly interested in the non-dessert recipes. Let me know if you have any!


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