Peaceful easy feeling.

It’s a lovely day here and as it’s my wedding anniversary I decided to treat myself to a day of pottering.

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Hubby brought me these two great signs for the garden

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They put me in the mood to start out there.

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The brassicas bed is embarrassingly bad so it’s time to go. I pulled up these cauliflowers and the kale. Both are planted to close and eaten alive by bugs. They went into the compost as I have discovered even chickens don’t eat kale.
I did however save a few of the cabbages. We had one the other night, which was lovely, so I decided to strike while the iron was hot and get them all out.

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I brought them into the kitchen and chopped off all the outer leaves. There was only 4 of any worth but all were quite big so I was ruthless with throwing out everything that didn’t take my fancy.
I should add here that I don’t really eat cabbage but as hubby and Miss C love it it seemed churlish to not at least try to harvest something.

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I chopped it up and picked it over   
thoroughly and then gave it a really good wash.

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Once drained I blanched it for 3 minutes in my jam saucepan. Dunked it is cold water and plonked it in the freezer. It was a great idea to open freeze it on this tray, it would have been a better idea to check the tray fitted in the freezer first!

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By the time I realised the timer was bleeping to say the next lot was blanched, there was water everywhere and I was slightly flustered. I blame the sunshine/cooking heat, not my lack of organisation, for that.

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I threw it in bags and froze them flat. If I remember I might break it up and  unite it into one bag once solid.

I was on a roll by now so I went back out and picked the last of the blackcurrants. I pruned the bush as I went so that’s two more jobs done. The currants went in the freezer, the bushes look much better.

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I’ve pruned them hard but I do it every year and although I always panic in the spring, that they don’t have enough growth. I always seem to get a good crop from them. I shall sprinkle some feed around them, give them a good soak and then mulch with last year’s compost later this evening.

I decided it was time for lunch and a well earned catch up with technology.
Perhaps I should bake hubby a cake. Who knows?

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