“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
It’s harvesting time in the patch this week. The broad beans have done brilliantly and they have a wonderful sweet taste to them. I have managed to avoid the black fly this year, which is a great relief. I tend to pick the whole lot in one go and then blanche them for 1 minute before freezing them. Broad beans are one of the only veggies that really freeze well and keep their freshness.
The marrows are also flowering nicely and look like being a bumper crop. My mum does an absolutely delicious stuffed marrow with fresh mince from the local butcher (Beaumonts 01223 880955), the combination of the 2 flavours is mouth watering. I have also planted sweet corn for the first time this year. The cobs make a great snack for kids who love pitching a skewer in each end and popping off the niblets.
At this time of the year Snow White might be a more appropriate name. Every time you do the slightest bit of work the garden birds looking for a meal follow you. We have been particularly lucky this year as the Greenfinches and Tits have done very well. The prettiest of the birds though, in my opinion, is the little Wrens. They are gorgeous little fellows, perching themselves sideways on branches and bushes as if being upright was only for beginners. They help to keep the bugs down and once they have found a tasty morsel they whip it back to their annual nest in the thatch.
Tip for the week is to buy some Bangers from Beaumonts and BBQ them with a mixed pan of garden tomatoes and courgettes Einstein cant be completely right about everything.