French apricots are in the shops this month and an apricot and vanilla recipe using 3lbs of fruit made 3 kilner jars of delicious apricot jam. In front is a pot of ‘nearly’ strawberry jam which I whipped up very fast in a saucepan. It has a fresh, intense flavour and keeps in the fridge for five days but can be frozen in small batches to pour over ice-cream. Both recipes come from Diana Henry’s excellent book…
Now is a good time to sow seeds of perennial and biennials to plant out in October ready to flower next spring and early summer. Foxgloves, Canterbury bells, Nigella ‘Love in a Mist’, Hesperis (sweet rocket) and Ammi majus (below) can be sown in trays and then potted on into small pots to build up strong roots before autumn.
On the allotment wallflowers – Fire King chosen for its deep red petals- will be sown over the next week in drills in the cutting bed and thinned.
A row of Lettuce ‘Freckles’ greeted me after five days away…… and the runner beans are flowering and clambering up the supports. There’s been a very steady supply of courgettes from just two plants over the last few weeks. They’ve benefited from a handful of Growmore at the base every now and again so I’m applying the same to the squash plants which are rampaging round the beds.