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Courgette & Marrow Recipes

Posted By: paul 24/08/2009 14:17:00

Thanks to everyone who sent in recipe suggestions for Courgette's and Marrows.

Thanks to everyone who sent in recipe suggestions for Courgette's and Marrows. One of the tastiest recipes was Courgette Loaf. Here is a similar recipe which includes Cheese and herbs. Another recipe which grabbed my attention was the Marrow Rum, which I haven't tried yet but it is currently fermenting away, and should provide some winter warmth.

 

The big news this week is my acquisition of a third allotment, apologies to everyone who is stuck on a waiting list for the insensitive way I announce this. Earlier this year the local parish council plowed up a section of land adjacent to the current allotments, and then allocated them to everyone on the waiting list. Fortunately there where some plots left over and several of the current plot holders and myself have taken on multiple plots. With the luxury of having so much space to plant next years crops I have started planningmilitary precision.

Step One - What do I want to eat?

I have made a list of everything I have grown and wish to grow for next year based on previous years successes and failures. Potatoes, Carrots, Turnips, Beetroot, Cabbage, Cauliflowers, Broccoli, Onions, Courgette's, Artichokes. Rainbow Chard, Chicory, Radicchio, Squash.

  • Potatoes: First Earlies - Swift ,Main crop - Picasso.
  • Carrots: Earlies - Nantes, Main crop - Autumn King
  • Cabbages: Spring - Durham Early, Autumn - F1 Rapier
  • Courgette's: Zucchini
  • Onions: Autumn Champion & Senshyu Yellow
  • Squash: Crown Prince.

Some varieties I have not decided on yet, and some vegetables and salad crops will be planted at home to make it easier to harvest.

Step Two - Where should they go?

Planning out the layout of the plots involves drawing out scale diagrams of each plot and then counting out the plants based on the row lengths and crop spacing. I know that sounds long winded but if you just guess at the area you won't make the best use of the plot space available. Be careful at this stage not to add too many small beds and paths to your plot. I have seen allotments start off with well designed little beds and small pathways of gravel or stone, which look very pretty but they don't produce large enough crops to justify the work involved. That's fine if you only want to grow small amounts of vegetables to supplement the supermarket purchases, but if you are looking to grow the majority of your vegetables you need the maximum area for growing the crops. Other considerations are rotating crops to prevent a build up of pests, and companion planting.

Step Three - Plan the tasks

Now you know whatplants and where they go, you should have an idea of when they need to be sown. Mark on a calendar or diary the ideal Sowing dates and work back from those dates for the preparation of the ground. Allowing for some contingency if he digging weekend turns out to be pouring with rain.

I am planning my allotments on Graph paper to get the scales right and using watercolour paints to make it look pretty. I am also marking down the dates when jobs should have been completed. Once done the whole plan is going on the wall so I can see what I am doing when.

Happy Gardening!

Paul

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