Monthly Archives: July 2010

Courgette with cottage cheese and pesto

This is how I used the first courgettes from the allotment and it was really tastie.

You will need: courgettes, garlic, butter, cottage cheese and pesto (I used the red one but I’m sure it will work with the green or home-made.)

Method: Slice the courgettes either into two or four depending on their size and how thick you want them. Chop the garlic and add with the butter to a frying pan. When the butter has melted added the courgette and cook until it is firm but warm all the way through. Serve on a plate with cottage cheese, or maybe goats cheese, and the pesto adding any left over butter, garlic and juices left in the frying pan as an extra dressing.

Allotment 21/07/2010 – First courgette

First courgette of the year just before picking - 21st June 2010

 

Today has been warm with lots of little showers, prefect growing weather, and this evening I picked the first courgette. 

It is from seed bought from The Real Seed Company and it is a variety called ‘Striato d’Napoli’ and hopefully later in the year I can save my own seed for next year.

Allotment – June 2010

 

Courgettes and sweetcorn, second bed - 30th June 2010

GROWINGS: Work on the allotment has continued to carry on with an evening spent here, and a few hours spent there. Some weeks I get there more than others, even when I mean to get there more some evenings I do have to just come home and flop or catch up with other things but the first ‘plot’ or set of beds is now full and a couple of extra beds as well. Currently they are looking like this;  

Side bed: Onions, carrots and garlic 

Top bed: potatoes in tyres and pots 

Second bed (working down the plot): Beans, courgettes and sweetcorn 

Third bed: Purple sprouting and, if they ever germinate, beetroot (I have now made a second sowing of them and still nothing) 

Forth bed: Boston (or maybe Butternut) squash, sweetcorn and a self-sown potato plant 

Fifth bed: Butternut (or maybe Boston) squash, cauliflowers, 

Sixth bed (second plot): Runner beans,   

Waiting to be planted out: kale, cabbage, leeks, purple sprouting, cauliflower, romanesco, runner beans, french beans, broccoli, lots of squashes none of which I am sure what they are as I didn’t label them, radish, swede, 

I have been adding photos, from both this and last year, on Flickr. I love watching them as a slide show although it does mean you can’t tell when they are from. I need to remember to take more photos as everything is growing almost daily now. 

Last Sunday we hired a tipper truck and took three loads of the oldest muck heap we have at home to the plots, it is well rotted, even before getting the allotment last year it was rotted down enough to grow courgettes and sweetcorn in the year before and so should finish off the beds nicely. Oh and the worms… it is full of them. 

Salad blue potatoes - 2nd July 2010

The potatos have finally taken off and a few different sorts are flowering, there is a lovely mix of size and colour. Some blue, some pale pink, some white. There are a few self sown potatoes appeared on the beds, I have left them in as they aren’t in the way and planted round them but I couldn’t resist pulling at one of them the other evening and got four lovely blue salad potatoes which I split two for me, and two for my allotment ‘helper’. 

WILDLIFE: There are still rabbits on the plot, although they so far are not doing so much damage as last year but I have still invested in two live rabbit traps. The plan for these is that rabbits, who are not too little, pregnant or nursing does, can be used for meat, which will help in controlling numbers but of course leave a healthy population there. 

As well as the rabbits, there is a partridge with chick who I am yet to see but middle-younger-sister has, and now wild boar who have been breaking into plots to steal ripe strawberries. Not green fruit, not white fruit but juicy red fruit, and other than trampling things and damaging fencing they are leaving the plots and have only so far been digging and turning the ground at the highest point of the field where the plots are unused. 

I have noticed very few Cabbage White butterflies this year, last year they ate anything that was left uncovered but this year I think I have only counted three and over a very spaced out period of time. Maybe I am not seeing them, or am around at the wrong time of day to see them but that can’t be a good sign.

This weekend I am planning a big push to get everything out, fingers crossed it will happen!

LETS

After having a long hard think about, I have stayed a member of LETS but have had a serious think about what I want to get out of the group and what I am willing to offer. I have dropped some of the things that I once offered, like babysitter which although I like doing I can’t really afford the time for it for ‘just DEANS’.

I have been making an extra effort to get to meetings which has been a helpful outlet for some eggs, and I have enjoyed the meetings even though it is a mad dash from work to get to them…

However, this month I am annoyed, the new directory has come out and none of my up-dates have been included. I might as well not have bothered.

In spite of that I may have ‘volunteered’ myself to take over the newsletter… I need to learn to keep my mouth shut. It will all work out though, and I’m told it is only an hour or two of work a month