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Gimme Five! Shade loving vegetables

Friday, March 20th, 2015

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selection of 5 shade loving vegetables | H is for Home | #gardening #allotment #seeds

We’ve been working down to our allotment a couple of times in the past few weeks, mainly raking up mounds and mounds of leaves that fell last autumn.

In the summer, much of the plot is in dappled shade thanks to lots of big, tall beech trees. Because of this, a lot of what we planted last year such as tomatoes and peas didn’t produce bumper harvests. This year we’ve been looking into shade loving vegetables.

Vegetables and herbs with lots of dark green leaves are an indicator to shade tolerance. Spinach, kale, lettuce, parsley, coriander will all do well. There’s a saying I’ve come across which is a general rule of thumb for growing fruit & veg: “If you grow it for the fruit, you need full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, stems or sprouts, partial shade is all you need.”

Gimme Five: Irish products

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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Selection of five Irish products | H is for Home

Lá Fhéile Pádraig or St Patrick’s Day is coming up next week so we thought we’d highlight a selection of Irish products for today’s Gimme Five! post.

No kitsch leprechauns or silly foam hats here, just some lovely Irish-made or themed homewares that we’d be happy to give house-room!

  1. Irish Lights lighthouse print by Longshot Press: £60, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Dotty Sheep oil cloth bag & purse: £19, Ulster Weavers
  3. Irish coffee glasses: £14.29, Amazon
  4. Coole Swan Superior Irish cream liqueur & glass: £25, John Lewis
  5. Shamrock coasters: £11.04, Etsy

Gimme Five! Firewood essentials

Friday, February 27th, 2015

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selection of 5 firewood essentials | H is for Home

We removed what was left of our rotting, ramshackle garden shed last week. It left a nice big space for our new log preparation area – yes, that’s right, our new log preparation area!

We’re about to have two new wood-burning stoves installed and Justin is gearing himself up for the big day. He’s had his chainsaw sharpened and has been trawling the internet for other products to make a steady flow of logs easier. Here are five firewood essentials:

  1. Wooden saw horse: £34.99, Shedstore
  2. Log carrier with stand: £39.99, Presents for Men
  3. Lump hammer & log splitting bomb wedge set: £13.95, eBay
  4. BillyOh log store: from £119.99, Gardenbuildingsdirect
  5. Log splitting maul axe: £20.90, Amazon

Gimme Five! Gourmet chip ingredients

Friday, February 20th, 2015

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Home made gourmet chip ingredients | H is for Home

It’s the last few days of the annual National Chip Week.  We had our stipulated portion on Wednesday from one of our local chippies. I’d really miss chips on a desert island! Golden brown slices of hot fried potato (only Maris Piper or King Eddies will do ), steam rising, freshly sprinkled with lots of salt & vinegar.

Faced with yet another coconut, the craving would build & build – and I’d eventually go mad!! Fortunately, I don’t plan on getting shipwrecked any time soon – so here are our essentials for perfect home made gourmet chips.

  1. Sterling silver personalised chip fork: £54, Notonthehighstreet
  2. Vintage style French fries bags – set of 50: £3.59, Etsy
  3. Wildly Delicious malt vinegar sea salt, 125g: £4.99, John Lewis
  4. Artisan malt vinegar 250ml: £6.99, eBay
  5. Potato chipper: £11.99, Robert Dyas

Gimme Five! Pancake Day essentials

Friday, February 13th, 2015

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Selection of 5 Pancake Day essentials

Shrove Tuesday – or Pancake Day – is the day before the start of Lent and the countdown to Easter. We don’t make a batch every year, but it’s always worth the effort when we do.

Proper pancake-making kit can make a huge difference to proceedings. Trying to dislodge a stuck-like-glue pancake from a frying pan – I’m sure we’ve all been there; it makes you just want to chuck the lot in the bin – pan and all!

I love mine with sliced banana and chocolate spread; Justin’s more traditional. He likes lemon juice & sugar or maple syrup & bacon. What’s your favourite topping?

  1. Buckwud maple syrup 250g: £3.99, Ocado
  2. Peanuts comic pancakes paper napkins: £2.99, Butlers Online
  3. Citrus mister: £4.99, Lakeland
  4. Home made pancake and doughnut batter dispenser: £7.31, Auravita
  5. KitchenCraft pancake pan: £12, Leekes