Friday, 9 August 2019

Sunflower

Last weekend I decided to pull up all the broad bean stalks and put them in the compost bin but I couldn't be so hasty to throw the remaining beans away and I actually made the broad bean hummus that I've been talking about for a while..
It was very straightforward:
Pod the beans, boil for 10mins, plunge into cold water and take the bean-skins off.
Blitz along with crushed garlic, pepper, lemon juice and a small amount of water. Add a little chilli powder. Voila - very tasty with crudites for lunch,  including a cucumber from Ivan and carrot-thinnings from our plot.
We pulled our first potato Foremost from one of the bags - a lovely supply of spuds; some big but lots of little ones for salads too, they're so delicious.
And, of course, we've had plenty of courgettes. The green ones Sure Thing are very tasty; much more so than the yellow ones.
The patty pan went to work as we wouldn't have time to eat it this week.
Liz has harvested a spaghetti squash and given it to us - ours are not ready to harvest yet but let's hope we like them! We have another plant on Plot3..
The flowers are growing nicely - such beautiful colours. And we have some tomatoes just beginning to go red in the polytunnel. Last weekend I joined fellow plotholders to pick up our prizes for the Hungerford in Bloom competition - £20 garden vouchers, nice!
We've had a lot of rain this week, interspersed with sunshine. Hopefully we'll get some time on the plot this weekend to do a bit of weeding... And then we need to start preparing for the Horticultural Show next weekend followed by a plotholder's get-together.
The song choice by Lenny Kravitz.... well, those sunflowers are our efforts for the HAHA Tallest Sunflower competition - we're not going to win, but they look nice, nodding their heads in that photo!

7 comments:

  1. Lovely sunflowers and broad bean hummus is so yummy!

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    1. It was yummy. Definitely need to make more of it next year!

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  2. Nice post and pictures. Lovely sunflowers and gladioli, I hope the latter are still standing after today's windy weather. Happy plotting. xx

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    1. Thankyou. The gladioli are beautiful, but rather short-lived

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  3. Nodding sunflowers. We have yet to harvest our potatoes, i fear the delay may mean they have gone to the slugs - hopefully not. I had intended to make broad bean hummus, but the last lot did not yield enough. I have also pulled them out the ground and in its place sowed perpetual spinach. I am not a fan of spaghetti squash, but will still be curious as to what you and Liz make of it.

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    1. So far (touch wood) we've been fairly slug-free this year. Will see how we get on when we pull the potatoes in the ground today. Yes, will have to see how to deal with the spaghetti squash...

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  4. The only sunflowers we have were planted by birds.

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