Alliums galore!

This year we planted as much as we could in the way of onions and garlic. Being our first year, we played it relatively safe in the types we went for. We planted white and red onion, shallots and garlic.

They were definitely worth it as we got a tremendous crop from all of them, and not a single one lost. I would love to say we had a secret to the success but it was just the basics of keeping them moist, weed free and giving them a feed of standard fertiliser.

They are certainly a rewarding crop as you don’t have to do too much to keep them alive, and you physically see the crop coming out of the ground!

 

We started them off in trays first in a greenhouse

We started them off in trays first in a greenhouse

Some were 10 times there original size

Some were 10 times their original size

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Not one single onion was lost!

We were told that garlics would produce multiple cloves this time of year, but how wrong they were!

We were told that garlic would produce multiple cloves this time of year, but how wrong they were!

Let’s Not Waste The Courgette Flowers

Always a fan of the courgette flowers and this is a really nice way to make a meal of them

The Botanical Kitchen

I have a confession to make.  The real reason I grow courgettes at the allotment is because of the flowers. There is something magical about these and my excitement and utter joy at seeing them for the first time each year never abates.  They peek through the foliage and just take make me swell with pride.

courgette flowers Sunny yellow flowers peeking trhough the foliage

I have learned to be patient when picking them.  Too early and they will be too small to stuff properly.  Too late and their golden curls with be tainted and brown. Each variety brings challenges and this year I have learned that our small, long yellow variety produces smaller flowers than the globe green variety so harvesting has been a juggling act.

courgette flowers Curled courgette blossoms

Preparing the flowers for eating

They are not difficult to prepare for eating. Use a curved knife to take them off the…

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