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Watering Frenzy

July 9, 2018

Florence fennel is in flower and I couldn’t resist picking it with the last of the Nigella ‘Love in a Mist’. Incidentally the fennel appears to be thriving in the heatwave with very little watering. Just saying because keeping the fruit and vegetables and salads in good condition is rather overwhelming on the exposed allotment at the moment. Which is why it was with some relief for me that the last of the broad beans and purple peas were picked this week. The watering cans will now be focused on runner beans which are full of flowers and the courgettes, squash, beetroot, tomatoes and spuds.

And the tomatoes are turning red daily and although they are the reason for buying the pop up greenhouse I will be cropping most of them as soon as possible for one less watering responsibility.

As for raising more crops that will definitely need to wait.  The dwarf French beans sown ten days ago are thriving so I am tempted to plant them in the garden for ease of care. Washing up water is religiously saved for watering all the pots near the house and surely a hosepipe ban will be announced soon.

But one plus is that the shared grass paths don’t need strimming, weeds pull out relatively easily and the slugs and snails are not a problem. And it is so lovely to be eating outside in the warmth late into the evening. This inspired a refreshing chilled pea soup for supper made with frozen peas and homemade chicken stock. I chopped several allotment medium potatoes and an onion and cooked them slowly in butter for ten minutes Then they were added to the cooked peas and stock and pureed in the blender. Chopped mint and chives plus a dollop of Greek yogurt were added last and it was very good especially with crisp croutons on top.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 15, 2018 9:33 am

    I loved sitting outside for all meals when I visited my brother and family on the coast last weekend – so much more relaxing than constant watering. Chilled soups are perfect during the heatwave, even better when the ingredients are garden gathered!

  2. July 15, 2018 9:40 am

    Yes and al fresco is so much more relaxing than indoor feasting.

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