Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rhubarb and Strawberry Cordial

You should be getting a glut of strawberries during July but this is the month you should stop picking your rhubarb. After the second week of July it is not advisable to pick rhubarb as it needs to grow over the remains of the summer to store all it needs to get through winter and grow next spring. However, the recipe below is a great way to combine two fruits that compliment each other and it beats just churning out another batch of jam. This cordial is the taste of summer, and will remind you in the depths of winter of warm sunny days long forgotten in the face of driving cold.

Don't let your strawberries rot on the crown, no need to jam, juice!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wartime Garden: Bed C, Ready For Use, Sir! Composted, Sir!

A month ago we cleared Bed C: Miscellaneous Crops of the remaining roots and weeds. None of this was wasted, and the bottom of this post you can see advice from the Ministry, Dig For Victory, Leaflet No.7: Manure from Garden Rubbish/How to Make a Compost Heap. The bed was left clear for two weeks to allow any weed seeds to germinate, they can then be hoed off to have a clean bed.

Weeding should be done two weeks before sowing into a bed.

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