Cooking for family and friends is one of life’s many pleasures. When you’ve grown a lot of the ingredients yourself, that pleasure is more than doubled. This weekend, I fed four generations of my family with the fruit and vegetables I’ve been growing. They seemed to enjoy knowing that they were eating the good healthy food that I’d grown, almost as much as I enjoyed serving it.
Sharing produce with allotment neighbours is almost as satisfying. It’s rare at this time of year, to come back from an hour’s weeding or harvesting without an extra little treat that a neighbour has shared.
Of course, the only way to make sure that we have plenty to share is to keep on picking. Courgettes, french and runner beans will go on producing their fruit for a while yet, as long as we don’t stop harvesting.
Top tips from the allotments:
- prune blackcurrants by cutting out one third of the stems at ground level
- get ready to plant out new strawberries next month. Either use the runners being produced by established plants or (if you haven’t grown strawberries before) think about buying some new plants.
- keep busy with the hoe when the weather is dry (!!)
- keep harvesting your crops