Itching Up To Get In Your Kitch-eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen!
March 25, 2014
That Was The Food Week That Was!
Cornichon, and on, and on...
August 1, 2014
With the day job successfully dispatched, I made a conscious decision to regret nothing and welcome 'gardening leave' with open arms - much to the pleasure of our dinner plates and stomachs.
What I have noticed though is that when it comes to growing your own or gardening in general for that matter, I am a bit of a charlatan - a bit of a fly-by-night Percy Thrower.
Some people call this 'being green fingered', which is flattering to an extent, but the truth is my knowledge is based on GYO magazines and the odd bit of Google.
That said, the kitchen garden has never been busier or healthier - so I must be doing something right. But to have any kind of success, you need a bit of dedication, a lot of spade work a smidge of restraint.
Successes this year have been plentiful thank goodness - none more so than the cornichon I sowed in early February - as I write this I can see into the greenhouse and the four healthy plants that have been looking after us. These wild and ever reaching crops have been pumping out mini-gerkin after mini-gerkin - no sooner picked and pickled than snaffled up with cheese, rillettes and anything else you care to mention. A definite for next year's planning.
But successes or not, I have quickly realised that what you also need to do is to write eveything down. Everything.
You sow along and think, 'OK that's pak choi, beetroot, sorrel, radish, more beetroot and mizuna leaves'. But within ten minutes, you've forgot at least one of these and by the morning, you've forgot you've even sowed anything there.
So from now on, I need to practise what I preach - which is why I'll use this blog to not only write stuff down, but to help me learn from the mistakes and build on the successes of the Marsala Rama kitchen garden.
And you never know - I might be able to help you a little too.