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MICRO GREENS

(31/03/20)

MICRO GREENS

Many of you have no outside access but you can still grow something nourishing to add to your diet and these are power packed little treasures called micro greens. They might look a bit cheffy but are fun and very easy to grow. Order packets of different varieties on line (fenugreek, cress, beetroot, etc.) and get started.

1. Fish out small containers/shallow glass dishes/that will sit happily on a window sill. Place a folded piece of kitchen paper on the bottom and wet with water, draining off the excess.

2. Sprinkle each variety of seeds on top, in different dishes, fairly thickly and leave in a sunny place.

3. Check every day that the paper is damp enough but not swimming in water and in a week or so (some take longer than others) they will start to germinate. In about a further ten days/two weeks you will be able to harvest the shoots. As there is no soil, you can eat the whole thing, roots and all.

Use in a stir fry, salad, sandwich or simply to pretend you are in Master Chef and decorate your dish!

Why not get the kids involved? Wash empty egg shells and fill with crumpled kitchen paper leaving a smooth top and moisten. Sow a good pinch of seeds and place the egg shells in pretty egg cups, checking every day that they haven't dried out - and watch the 'hair' grow!

Keep safe and busy!

Getting started...

(30/03/20)

Good morning from a chilly Sussex! This is my first attempt at encouraging like minded souls to get busy with growing something to eat in the weeks to come. First on the list: salad leaves and lettuce.

You will need:

1. A container/containers at least 2" deep in which to fill with a general purpose compost if you have it. If not, since seeds do not need extra nourishment to germinate and you have a few pots filled with old compost, empty these and crumble into the containers extracting any old roots.

2. Sort through your seed packets and select the lettuces you wish to grow - one pinch will give you quite a few plants.

3. Once you have filled your tray/container with compost, lightly water it, let it drain, level the surface with the palm of your hand and then carefully sow the seeds (not thickly) on top at least a centimetre apart. If you have an old sieve cover them with enough compost to cover them, put on a window sill or shelf in the greenhouse and wait till they germinate, making sure the compost is kept damp. Lettuces do not need heat to grow and are better if kept cool.

4. You can always grow lettuce and salad leaves directly into the garden, so follow the instructions on the pack. Now's a good time to get cracking.

5. Approaching April you can sow outside directly in the ground the following: beetroot, carrots, chard, broad beans, spinach and others you can check up on line. With regard to beetroot, each 'seed' is in fact a collection of seeds and are easy to sow individually leaving a couple of inches at least between each one. The young leaves are good in salads or stir fries once they are up and running in a few weeks' time.

6. I always have half empty packets of annual flower seeds. If you are like me, why not create a small area in your garden and use them to make a bright, colourful bed? If you have limited outside space sow some in a large, wide pot? Anything to brighten the days ahead will be welcome.

soup of the day

(30/03/20)

No nonsense mixed vegetable soup

I bag of mixed kale or spring greens or cabbage
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 leek, sliced
4 tomatoes, chopped or tin of chopped/whole tomatoes
1 tbsp red lentils
1 vegetable stock jelly pot dissolved in 1 pt of boiling water

Put everything into a saucepan, bring to the boil, and simmer until the lentils are cooked through. Blitz with a handheld blender, check for seasoning (the stock pot will already have salt) and serve.

Miss B's recipe for keeping busy in the garden, the kitchen and playroom

(27/03/20)

Hello, everyone! I am currently, along with millions of others, self-isolating but I'm not going to let it get me down. I have had such wonderful help and support from friends, family and neighbours and want to try and put something back into the pot - literally, hence re-booting my ancient website.

My idea is this: spring is springing and it is time to sow seeds, both outside and in. So much can be grown on a windowsill or in a pot, seed tray, any container, any size and in a matter of weeks you will be picking fresh greens. The hard part is knowing where to begin as we all want instant results. What do we need most to pep up simple meals? Fresh herbs. When you are next out shopping buy a pot of flat leafed parsley, one of curly parsley, coriander, mint, chives, basil (sweet and Greek) and rosemary. When you get home fish out all your used pots, fill them with compost if you have some, or ordinary garden soil. Take one of the pots of herbs and gently prise them apart to make several clumps. Put each into a medium sized pot (3-4"), water and leave in a sunny position outside if possible. If you don't have a garden, gather up leak-proof trays/oven dishes etc. and put as many pots as you can in them and place in a sunny window. In no time you will be snipping away and adding extra flavour to your meals.

This is just a quickie while I put on my thinking cap for future bulletins. In the meantime, scroll down my previous blogs and you will find dozens of recipes, lovely photos, etc. etc.

Let's have fun and grow together!