Posted in Autumn, cooking, Food, Fruit, gardening, In the garden, Jams & Jellys, Organic Gardening, Preserving, Self reliance

The Joy of Harvest

We are blessed with a greengage tree in our garden and this year for the first time since we’ve lived here (9 yrs) it had a bumper crop. So this was harvesting day.Greengage 1 Greengage 2

I decided to have to baskets and sort while I picked. One for damaged fruit that needed to be processed quickly and one for undamaged fruit that would last longer and was suitable for eating. Altogether from ourΒ one tree I picked 19 lbs of fruit!Greengage 3

This is the other harvest on the same day.Greengage 4
I’ve found several different recipes for preserving, which I start today with greengage relish! Yum πŸ™‚

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Brand New Fire Pit

Well, I’ve been wanting one of these for ages. Not to be all hip and trendy but just to be able to sit, relax and cook outside. I’ve always found bought bbq’s quite fiddly and usually too small and also very anti social because the poor person who’s cooking, tends to be a bit left out and this way everyone can be in charge of their own sausage!

Everything that has made up this fire pit and seats have all been found around our garden, it’s total cost is Β£0.00.

Things needed for this project-

Rusty trough or planter
A spade
Metal grid for cooking on
Something to sit on
Friends to eat your food

Fire Pit

Posted in Autumn, Chickens, gardening, Hints & Tips, home, Recycling, Reusing

Chicken Board Walk

I’ve just found it’s a good thing to have bits of wood and fencing laying around the garden after all. When your chicken run is a quagmire you can make a chicken board walk, that humans can use as well!

This covers about half of the sludgy bit and they’ve still got a nice dry bit of earth underneath the coop. Problem solved! πŸ™‚

Posted in Autumn, cooking, Food, Fruit, Hints & Tips, Jams & Jellys, Preserving

Green Tomato Chutney

Even though our harvest was small this year, I still had enough green tomato to make some chutney.

I adapted a recipe I found, these are the ingredients I used:

750g Green tomatos, chopped
350g onions, Chopped
200g cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
300ml malt vinegar (I needed more than that)
A few mustard seeds
1 dried red chilli, finely chopped
100g raisins
1tsp salt
200g raw sugar

Prepare jars and lids by washing in hot soapy water and rinsing, then put jars only on a baking tray in a low oven while cooking the chutney.

Beautiful green tomatos

Put all the ingredients into a heavy based pan and bring to the boil.

Simmer until all the liquid is absorbed. There should be no liquid left in the pan (if the ingredients are not nice and soft, add more vinegar until they are).

Put in jars prepared jars and replace the lids while still warm. Do use a cloth to handle the hot jars!

A little taster for Keith!

Posted in Autumn, Flowers, gardening, Hints & Tips, plants

My lovely geraniums!

It’s time to bring in the geraniums before the frosts come, it’s so easy to forget. There’s lots of ways to store them, but I’ve managed with nothing better than to bring them indoors. I did it today, so I’ll have them for next year!


Some people don’t like them but I love them. I think it’s partly because I always had one on my bedroom window sill when I was still with Mum and Dad, also I especially love the beautiful red (and they withstand a certain amount of neglect)! πŸ™‚