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Hard to believe, I know, but the main event of the new growing year is almost upon us. For me, this is one of the most exciting times of the year – the anticipation of waiting for those little miracles we call seeds to burst open and push their heads above the parapet searching for light! It’s always a magical sight and one that usually brings on a burst of happy dancing in our Shed. This months we’re featuring
Sow, Grow & Cook
Super Green Soup
On The Plot
Valentine & Mother’s Day Inspiration
Need some happy dancing this Winter ?
Why not try growing on your windowsill. Light levels are still low but try experimenting with Micro-greens. These little fellas are quick to sprout, packed with flavour and nutrition. Perfect for a healthy start to 2015.
Sow indoors now, ready to plant out in containers or plot in early Spring. LETTUCE, CABBAGE, CAULIFLOWER, SPINACH, TURNIP, SPRING ONIONS, PEAS & BROAD BEANS & BEETROOT. Sow slower growing seeds like Chilli in a heated propagator and if you’re quick there’s still time to plant Garlic. Read our sowing advice ‘On the Plot’.
If you’re lucky you’ll still be harvesting SPROUTING BROCOLLI, BRUSSEL SPROUTS, LEEKS, PARSNIPS, SWEDE, CELERIAC AND TURNIPS. Try our recipe below using the best of the months harvest. Our Pinterest Board is packed with ideas on preserving your harvest to give you plenty time to prepare for new sowings – hurrah!
Nothing beats a piping hot bowl of soup in winter…and if you’re being crazy good this month then is both easy and perfect! Super-Green Soup.
SUPER GREEN SOUP
16oz / 450g Broccoli
16oz / 450g Brussel Sprouts
16oz / 450g Leeks
16oz / 450g Spinach
2 pints vegetable stock
1tbsp rapeseed oil
5 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt & Pepper (optional)
Poached Egg (optional)
In a large pot, heat the rapeseed oil over medium heat. Sauté the onion for a minute or two, then add the garlic and sauté for another minute.
Add the broccoli, leeks and brussels sprouts, and stir to coat in oil. Let cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add the stock/broth, bring to a simmer, cover, and let cook for 15-20 minutes, until the veggies are nice and soft.
Stir in the spinach. Remove from heat once the spinach has wilted.
Transfer the soup to a large food processor, or use an immersion blender to puree the soup. Adjust the thickness by adding more stock / water, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
If you’re in need of a fast protein kick, top with a softly poached egg.
If like me, you just can’t keep away from your plot, be it on your windowsill, balcony or garden, here’s a round-up of what you can be doing this month.
– Cultivate & prepare seed beds by digging in well rotted organic material.
– Avoid digging over borders on wet soils. If unavoidable, work on a wooden plank.
– Wash / disinfect all window-boxes, pots and containers ready for Spring.
– Top up your herb containers with a mulch of compost.
– If you chit your potatoes, now is the time to start. Place them in a cardboard / wooden box in good light but free from frosts. Early seed varieties can need up to 6 weeks chitting prior to planting.
You’ll find more advice on sowing, crop rotation, harvesting & recipes at Our Shed.
Happy Mother’s Day
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See our latest Pin Board packed with unique recipes and ideas. So whether you’re Super & Single or Make a Nice Pear ! You’re sure to find something… follow below!