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Sowing this week

With April just around the corner, it was time to sow some of the tender crops, to be planted outdoors in early to mid May or in the polytunnel or glasshouses as soon as large enough. First were the French beans, Meraviglia di Venezia, a yellow climbing bean, and Beurre de Rocquencourt, also yellow, but a dwarf sort. It is a little early to sow beans for outdoors, but these are destined for the polytunnel, where they should be fine planted out in a few weeks’ time. The dwarf beans should crop first, with the climbing beans to follow. Continue reading

Finnish Christmas recipes – dill sauce

Dill sauce – a dressing prepared with lots of mustard and dill is a common accompaniment to the gravad lax – cured salmon – and other cured and smoked fish that are an essential part of the first course of the Finnish Christmas meal. It is easy to prepare provided one has suitable mustard. Those produced in Finland and Sweden are ideal, as they are flavourful, but not too strong and a little sweet. I use olive oil in the dressing, but one can use an alternative, such as rapeseed oil, if preferred. The dressing is best prepared a few hours before needed so that the flavour of the dill has time to permeate. Continue reading

Sowing this week

This week we started sowing more of the tender crops. We started with French bean Beurre de Rocquencourt, a dwarf wax bean bearing pale yellow pods. Whilst the outdoor crop of climbing French and runner beans will provide a heavy crop over a long period, they take some time to develop. A dwarf bean will produce a crop rather more quickly as they do not need to put on so much vegetative growth before they bear. I am hoping to find some space in the polytunnel for our first crop, which might also help a little. I could, perhaps, have sown a couple of weeks ago, but beans are tender and there is still a possibility of a frost, even in the polytunnel. I sowed in pots, several seeds to each, rather than direct, as I sometimes do with beans later in the year. In pots they are easier to protect from the cold and from pests. Continue reading