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Interesting SALAD IDEAS

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 18:02


There are definitely some interesting SALAD IDEAS here!


Are there any here that other people like or are inspired by?


Interesting SALAD IDEAS

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 17:52


I've found this useful salad link!






Interesting SALAD IDEAS

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 13:13

Add your SALAD IDEAS to this forum !

Creative and original, or tried and tested...



Posted: 22/07/2013 at 13:02

I hope people find this article I've put together useful.

You are welcome to add your own  advice / tips to this forum!

Some ways to save water

Choose plants that require less water to start with. Rosemary and lavender have low requirements. Water friendly vegetables include onions, shallots and brussel sprouts.


Water your plants early in the morning or in the evening when the evaporation rate is less if you possibly can.


Try to water as accurately as possible. It’s usually better to water many plants such as courgettes at the base anyway.


Make the most of partial shade for those plants which are more water thirsty such as radishes and lettuce.


Take the opportunity to store extra water when it is plentiful by installing water butts to the guttering on allotment or garden sheds. This will then be stored until it is needed in the hot and dry weather.


Grass cuttings can be used as a “mulch” around some plants to help hold the moisture in as well as to suppress weeds.


Washing up water can be reused by emptying it on to plants close to your doorstep.


Finally, while taking measures to conserve water it’s worth sparing a small dish  of water to share with wildlife. I’m sure it will be appreciated!

What are you growing this month?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:55

Julie's allotment in July 2013


Phew it's hot out there!

On the allotment...

June was plentiful in strawberries which seemed to be in constant supply, and needed to be continually harvested! The overwintering onions, which were also harvested in June, and are hanging up in the shed along with the garlic.

 The herb patch is now well established with a good supply of chives and parsley. There is also sage, lavender and rosemary to be found on the allotment.

The purple sprouting (Red Arrow) planted out last month has managed to survive the heatwave (just about...)

Pumpkins are growing steadily and the round courgettes are ready for eating, along with some of the Black Beauty varieties. The 1st early potatoes have been harvested, and the Pentlands look nearly ready. A few broad beans have been picked already, and the peas are maturing.

The main problem at the moment is keeping everything suitably watered, and we're pleased that we collected rainwater in barrels over the Winter! However, the water supply won't last forever and hopefully it will rain soon!

What are you growing this month?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 12:51

Add your fruit and veg growing diaries, notes and comments to this forum.

Let everyone know what you are currently growing!

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 12:23
JulieCfromLeics wrote (see)

Add recipes here to create a useful RECIPE BANK of dishes using mainly typical allotment food.


JulieCfromLeics wrote (see)

Add recipes here to create a useful RECIPE BANK of dishes using mainly typical allotment food.

More recipes welcome!

Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn dishes.

Container growing, gardens or allotments 

As long as some of the ingredients are "grow your own" vegetables or fruit.

What dishes would you usually put together or plan on putting together if all goes well ?







Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 19:00

Sounds good!

I would eat this as a vegetarian meal. I really like goat's cheese.

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 22/02/2013 at 19:45

Here's a ratatouille recipe!

Chunky Oven-Baked Ratatouille

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes.

 Serves 4


  • 1 large red onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 large courgette, cut into chunky pieces
  • 1 large aubergine, cut into chunky pieces
  • 2 red peppers and 2 golden peppers, seeded and cut into chunks
  • 450g (1lb) small tomatoes or large cherry tomatoes
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • several sprigs of fresh basil

Put all the vegetables and the garlic into a roasting tray or large shallow casserole and sprinkle with the oil and some salt and pepper. Mix with your hands so that all the vegetables get coated.

Bake, uncovered, a preheated oven, 180oC, 350oF, Gas Mark 4, for 30–40 minutes, until the vegetables are browned at the edges, tender and smelling gorgeous.

Season with more salt and pepper if necessary, tear the basil over the top and serve.

Taken from Rose Elliot’s Low-GI Vegetarian Cookbook, published by BBC Books

Favourite allotment food recipes

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 16:32
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

I'm going to try growing mange-tout peas this year because they are lovely in stir fries.

Rosa carriola wrote (see)

We're having a go at sugar snap peas for same reason

Good idea!

Must try both mange-tout and sugar snap peas in stir fries.

Usually just do peas as a side dish.

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