The plan at Go Local Food this Saturday morning is to continue with splitting the herb tubs this weekend. One of the newer work shares, Chas, has been busy and created the nice, sturdy large labels that will be used to name the different tubs. These are nice and big so should not be easily lost. As happened in some cases last season.
There has been some discussion over what the various mints are as they all look the same at this time of year when they are just starting to show. There is ginger mint, chocolate mint, pineapple mint, apple mint, Moroccan mint and everyday ordinary mint.
Mint is a great addition to light summer soups (it pairs especially well with pea, courgette, asparagus and other green vegetables). Plus it’s a great garnish for desserts and drinks – try it sprinkled over sugared strawberries (chocolate mint is specially good here) or add it to fruit drinks, cocktails or Moroccan-style sweet tea, preserved in vinegar or oil to drizzle over salads and potatoes or frozen in ice cubes to be added to chilled summer drinks.
There are packets of mangetout and radicchio that could do with sowing in trays to start off in one of the poly tunnels too. And those are just some of the jobs that need doing now. Who knows what else can be found to do if we have many volunteers – something can be found for anyone who has time to spare.
We’ve done the January event and now it’s time for the second part. Book your place for the February workshop – creating a willow sculpture. I remember a mention of dressing the grower and thought “well no that won’t be Ian” so it should be interesting to see what the sculpture will really be!
The event runs from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, with refreshments and lunch all for the price of £10! There are only 6 places available so email email@example.com, add your name to the list in the Palace or call 01661 832296 as soon as you can.
The promised racks for stacking poles on have been built.
There are some buddleias in tubs waiting to be dug in down by the old compost heap at the bottom of the fields. Hopefully these will take and form a hedge that is attractive to wild life. It’s unlikely that we shall get them to flower this year as it’s late planting and old stock. Maxine from Halls of Heddon allowed Ian to have a look through the pile and take what he thought would flourish. Thank you Maxine from Halls of Heddon.
26 buckets of sorrel have been planted up after John spent time lifting it from outside where it hadn’t thrived. These buckets have been put in one of the poly tunnels to grow on for future crop shares And that cleared area has now been ploughed ready to be worked over so that it can be planted up later in the season.
Next to the sorrel are some very healthy looking tubs of parsley. Ian says that these could provide pick your own herbs next week as part of the crop share. And of course there is always the Friday job of bringing in the crop share.