Thursday, 1 August 2013

When A Girls Afraid To Go Near The Courgette Plants ...!

Well hello....
Bit cooler today .. but a more manageable 'working day' heat.
Worked this morning and had a couple of hours catching up with the garden this afternoon ... and what catching up ....
everything had grown like crazy..

 Hubby P decided to dig up the potatoes .. the tops had started to die back.
I was there in my official capacity of adviser/consultant .....
and fetcher of bucket etc.

 This was the first year we had grown potatoes in the tin bathtubs ... it seems to have been a good idea ... we have two bucketfuls of potatoes from a bathtub and a water tank ... don't you just love the technical weights and measures! 

And they tasted lovely ... of course we had some for tea!

Not to waste all that lovely growing space .... I put in some (rather lacy/nibbled ) kale plants ... hopefully they will pick up and give us some greens come the Autumn. 

 How quickly the year seems to be turning ... already the garden is full of plants with their blooms turning to seed heads ...

 Poppies are about to shed their nicely dried seed ... I collect some for sprinkling on bread and the like.

 Allium seed heads ... different varieties.

 This is the seed head of Sweet Ceciley ... wonderful colour amongst the green.

 After some time faffing about with the camera ... and bucketing spuds into the house  ... it was time ... i couldn't put it off any longer ....
time to visit the huge courgette plants and decide what on earth to do with mountains of courgettes.

 Today's haul .. lovely things ... but lots of them.
I looked in the fridge to see what I had lurking in the depths of the veg drawer ... dragged a load of oddments out ... and decided a pasta sauce would use up a few of the courgettes.

 I chopped up some onions... mushrooms ..bit of red pepper ... celery.... tomatoes..and the courgettes ... fried them up a bit in frylight ... added a bit of garlic and herbs.
Put the whole lot in a bigger pan with some tomato puree and soya sauce .. bit of sugar too .. and let it simmer away for a couple of hours.

Till its rich and thick ... and tastes yummy...
 I sterilised some jars and ladled the hot sauce into them ... 
this should keep a good while... and beat the pants of your supermarket pasta sauce.

So ... what have you been up to ? ... anyone else having a glut of the dreaded courgettes ... how many is too many? Whats to be done with them?
Bye for now ... take care xx