This week I’ve been busy baking, making and harvesting some of the last items from my garden. Let’s see what I’ve been doing.
First photo is of my ginger plant. Waaaay back at the start of the year, Fred showed us a photo of his ginger plant which inspired me to try growing one too. I planted a ginger root which I bought at the garden centre in early February. It took a loooong time to do anything, but many weeks later a shoot appeared. I’ve kept the plant in my conservatory all summer and it has grown many more shoots.
So last weekend, I had a peak at the roots to see what was happening. I gently broke off three roots. They are quite fun – I think that the middle one looks like a triceratops! There may even be a baby unicorn in the far right root.
I had a plan to make chrysrallised ginger. Ginger has lots of good medical attributes. I used a recipe from Georgina at From The Larder. Although I only had around 200g of root, I adapted the recipe and the quantity worked for me. I have left the rest of the plant to continue to grow, but I would definitely make this again.
Next I moved on to the sunflowers that I have been cutting down. I was saving the seed heads, some for seeds for next year and some for the birds. As I have a lot of sunflower heads it occurred to me that I could also eat the sunflower seeds. I believe that all varieties of sunflowers have edible seeds and they make healthy snacks. So I roasted a batch along with some pumpkin seeds that came in the fresh pumpkin in last week’s Oddbox delivery. (Does anyone else use Oddbox? I have subscribed for a year now, we get a medium box every two weeks and I am always impressed with the range and quality of the produce).
My fifth photo is of another project. I am using my lavender flowers and seeds to make lavender bags. We have carpet and clothes moths in the house and I recently learnt that they avoid lavender.
My final photo goes to the last of the tomatoes from the greenhouse. The plants were going mouldy and were covered in whitefly, so I have brought them in to ripen on the windowsill.
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