This is a proud moment for me - the harvest of the first salad leaves from my polytunnel together with viola flowers which we are using as edible garnish for our salad. This dish we have created used all home-grown produce - home-cured bacon from our own pigs, free-range eggs, salad leaves, home-made dressing and home-made bread croutons. A really simple dish but full of flavour - Clavelshay on a plate.
Rain, rain and more rain - yet my farmers are happy . They have been desperate for rain for weeks if not months. But even they have had enough now, as rain has stopped play on the maize planting and silage making. It has stopped my gardening although I can still spuddle with spaniels in the polytunnel. They are not helpful, lying on the ground where I want to dig. Salad leaves are ready for picking so will need to sow some more. Have put in mange touts,celeriac,coriander,parsley, calendula, cornflowers this week. Ruddy slugs have had 2 pepper plants and an aubergine in the tunnel - let war commence ..