Reap What You Sow

It’s glorious just now in the garden. The trees are full of colour, the sunsets are amazing, and we’re being rewarded with huge bounties of ripe fruit and veg. Continue reading “Reap What You Sow”

Little Jack

The weather has been positively glorious these past few days. After a dreary August here in Hertfordshire, September has (so far) proved to be warm and sunny; the final, balmy vestiges of summer.

We took the first of our pumpkins the other day.  A teeny-tiny Jack-Be-Little that will probably end up in a soup of sorts.

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I get more excited about pumpkins than any other crop. I love that when the other beds are beginning to slow down and look a little exhausted, the pumpkins burst onto the scene in all their flaming glory.  I love the way their vibrant skins peek through the greenery, glowing in the autumn sunshine. I love cooking with them; throwing them into soups and risottos, roasting them in wedges, or baking them into sweet treats.

The only thing I don’t like about pumpkins is trying to get them out of their hard skins, which is always a bit of an effort, but their virtues far outweigh this one disadvantage, in my book.

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We’re also growing the Crown Prince variety along with the Jack-Be-Littles, thanks to a helpful recommendation from SewSowTasty at the start of the year, so we look forward to tasting these.

How are your pumpkins coming along and how do you plan to use them?
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