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Sow What?

September in the Vegetable Garden 0

Posted on August 30, 2010 by Gardening Guru

Sow What? – September

Carefully chosen flowers such as this Buddleia, will attract lots of beneficial insects to your vegetable garden

A guru I may be but predicting the future is not something I profess to be too good at.  Despite last month’s tips on the hot weather, August has not been the hottest month on record, in fact it has been quite cool.  Therefore many crops may be later ripening and some will be giving quite poor returns.  However, despite rainfall having been quite high, there is still a need to conserve water and be a little careful as September is predicted to be quite dry and warm.  Now that the children are back at school, parents may have the opportunity at last to put away garden toys and pay some attention to garden maintenance before the weather turns too cool and daylight hours too short.  We have seen quite a few hoverflies this Summer, which is great news.  Looking rather like wasps (in order to protect themselves from predators) they are quite harmless.  Hoverfly larvae like to feed on aphids and so they should be attracted to the garden by planting flowers in the vegetable plot as the adult hoverfly feeds on nectar and pollen.  We planted nicandra flowers next to our brassicas which has definitely helped our fight against the whitefly! Read the rest of this entry →

Recipe – Courgette Ronde de Nice Soup by Samantha Ford 1

Posted on August 05, 2010 by Samantha Ford
Picture of the finished courgette soup recipe

This is no ordinary courgette soup!

It’s all very well growing all these wonderful vegetables, but what do you do with this wonderous bounty when all your hard work starts to come to fruition ?

Help is at hand, in the shape of kitchen supremo Samantha Ford, who likes nothing better than spending time devising new mouth-watering recipes prepared from her own vegetable garden.

This first recipe is very topical because it uses courgettes as its main ingredient, and we all know that once the courgette plant gets going it can challenge all but the most resourceful of cooks!

Don’t forget – we’d love to hear about your recipes and are offering free seeds for any we publish, so get in touch today!
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