Madeleine's Corner: Picking Courgettes, Herbs and Raspberries•
Posted on 27 July 2011
This week my courgettes have started to enter our lives – the time has come for picking courgettes. They are ready to be picked when they are small 10cm (4”) as baby courgettes or as large as 30cm (12”). I normally go for something in between.
There are so many different ways of eating courgettes, I shall include a new recipe in an adjacent article. If you are like me and have planted nasturtiums as a companion plant in your vegetable patch, did you realise that you can eat the flower in a salad, or add them to a bacon sandwich to give them a fiery taste?
Herbs need trimming, whether it is a perennial like rosemary or an annual like basil. So if you are not trimming them to eat, you should trim them so that they don’t grow leggy and start to flower. Trimming them will encourage a better bushier plant.
Autumn fruiting varieties of raspberries will now be beginning to fruit, don’t let the birds get them, either place a net over them or get some birdscare ribbon. I find that the ribbon works for me; others may need something a little more in the way of a fruit cage.
How to plant a hedge this Autumn
Hedges are something you might want to think about before you put your gardening feet up for the year. Everyone should have hedge ambitions – they ...Read More
Planting seeds in Autumn - what you can plant from Octobe...
Did you know that you could plant seeds in the autumn? Most won't do much over winter but get your timing right and you will have much earlier frui...Read More
Grow at Home: Making leaf mould (or free compost!)
Leaf mould compost is also known as Gardeners Gold and is an amazing soil conditioner. It is that glorious stuff you find on forest floors created ...Read More