Garden update

A little round up of what is still growing in the garden as we head into the colder half the year at the end of the harvest.

The ‘radiator’ idea seems to be working and we may well yet manage our first butternut 🙂

First time at butternut

I may have to pick them and find uses soon

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Some of the flowers that are picking out the blazing Autumn colours.

 few sunflowers left to collect seed from, calendula still blooming wonderful autumnal colour, as are the natrutiums, a few self seeds from summer/spring have taken and grown too. even a little pea 🙂

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The Russian vines leaves are dropping fast now

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Tomatoes are still swelling on the vine

I will harvest any before the first frosts and use a heavily spiced traditional russian recipe for green tomatoes (or apples) for making chutney

 

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some even ripening in the autumnal sunshine.

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cabbages are doing great

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I intend to make a ruby sauerkraut with some and sweet pickles too

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The medlars  are new trees and I am pleased they have fruited well enough for me to use something. I am starting to grow my own trees for the future.

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 Medlar need to stay on the tree untill after the first frosts when they have been softened or spoiled slightly. You can pick them and leave them to ‘blet’ in the traditional way.

This means leaving them until they have just begun to rot slightly. It deepens and sweetens the flavour making them more useful and much more appetising.

I have never tried Medlar I shall update with how we get on.

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Leeks are doing well too

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honeysuckle hand and foot cream

This  is very simple, inexpensive, smells good and lasts well in the fridge. It is my own recipe and works for me.

You need:

candelilla wax (or beeswax that may smell different, not always pleasant)

Carrier oil, infused with honeysuckle from my garden

water, infused with rose or calendula is good. or green tea

you may want to check if you are using infused or essential oils that what you use will still be safe when mixed with other products; combinations of ingredients can change the properties.

If you use flowers they will need to be grown without chemicals!

I used olive oil which is heavy but my feet are extremely dry. I would use it again, for this purpose, in the past I have disliked it. You might prefer to use coconut or sweet almond oil

You will also need a blender, a stick one works too,  I tried both and preferred the attachment in my counter top one for making mayonnaise.

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honey suckle has natural antibacterial properties and is good for sore throats too

Ingredients

1/2 cup infused/plain water at room temperature (or green tea)

4 tablespoons carrier oil

1 tablespoon candelilla wax

1 tablespoon of your favorite essential or infused oil

(This made a small jar for me, I found once or twice there was more water than needed I just tipped it off, maybe it had seperated a bit)

Method

1. Add the oil and wax to a heatproof bowl

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2. Set in a saucepan of water that reaches halfway up the side and heat on low just until the wax melts. Remove the mixture from the heat, and let it cool for one or two minutes only.

3. Pour the  water into your blender and turn it on high. Slowly add your wax mixture to the water. It will begin to thicken and become creamy and rich as you add the last drops.

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Or use a stick blender in the bowl

4. Once well blended, add your drops of essential/infused oil and mix everything together very well.

5. Pour your new natural lotion into a small jar, using a plastic spatula to get the blender as clean as possible, cleaning off the rest with your hands (you don’t want to put wax down your kitchen sink)

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Your new lotion will last up to six months in the refrigerator. You can experiment using different combinations of essential or infused oils, ideal for gifts

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This one in the centre was calendula infused oil and calendula water