Saturday, 13 August 2011
The Vegetable Garden grows flowers too!
Vegetables are now coming thick and fast. Nothing is early at our height, and when everybody else is finishing reaping their crops we are just beginning. Thus we had our first real helping of broad beans today - they were delicious. I also froze the first lot too. The leeks are looking very healthy and growing fast. I shall soon be able to make my favourite leek recipe (leeks wrapped in slices of ham and baked in cheese sauce). We are picking courgettes daily and I am running out of exciting ways to cook them! And runner beans are red over with flowers. Time will tell how many of them set and become long beans.
But there is more to our vegetable garden than vegetables. For a start there are sunflowers here and there - some of them taller than the farmer. We can't bear to pull them up because the birds so love the seeds, so we leave them there until the winter.
Sweet peas need picking every day and I have jugs full in every room. Lilies which were thrown out years ago onto the compost heap insist on coming up each year and making the garden smell heavenly (especially the white ones). And hollyhocks make a fine show in the hedge each year, although nobody has told them that they are supposed to be straight and tall. A line of marigolds (calendula) stretches across the garden and provides me with plenty of cut flowers too. I do love their cheerful, sunny faces.
On the farming front, the farmer has taken delivery today of a load of stakes and rails for fencing jobs and two new gates to put across the bottom of the yard. About time too as the ones that are there now are so heavy that if there is the slightest breeze I cannot manage to hold them, so can't go down to see my chicks.
Speaking of which, I poked the camera through the wire just now and took this shot. Haven't they grown? Mother is still as protective as ever.