27 February 2010

Chitting Chatter

With the wind, rain and snow still whipping through the bars of the balcony, it doesn't seem the best time for anything to start growing and yet on opening one of the kitchen cupboards today, the seed potatoes appear to have other ideas.

Yes, you did hear right, seed potatoes. Not perhaps a traditional vegetable to grow in a pot, or on a balcony, but thanks to Unwins "have a grow" range of seed potatoes, those with limited space and no need for 3kilos of tubers at a time, anyone can "have a grow" (gotta love those marketing types).

As you can see four of the Organic Bambino Salad variety are now laying nestled, quite comfortably, with their little shoots sprouting skyward, in an old egg carton on our kitchen windowsill for a bit of Chitting.

They should be ready to plant out in the next month or so, and will be filling the planter previously occupied by the overactive, under utilised and thoroughly ungrateful mint (straggly deep rooted bastard stuff that it was).

Seeing that potato salad is only 3 months away...perhaps I should grow some chives too?

15 February 2010

Green[house] with Envy

With the weather still too cold to go out and play on the balcony, and everything spic and span after last year (with the exception of my little glass house), I can be found once again trawling the internet in search of inspiration but more often than not discovering a deep seated envy of other peoples plots.

The latest target of my horticultural lust is not a garden, but a museum, the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth to be precise.

Friday saw the opening of their latest exhibition "The Ministry of Food", which "examines how the British public adapted to food shortages during the Second World War, learning how to be both frugal and inventive on the ‘Kitchen Front’." [source: http://food.iwm.org.uk/]

Rationing, growing your own and the "make do and mend" mentality are all very exciting but I haven't been to the exhibition yet, so can't really get too excited about those bits - what I have seen however is a glasshouse, a wonderful glasshouse. And I want it!

Until I work out a way to sneak it past the tanks, artillery and the ever present and wonderfully helpful museum staff, I shall have to make do with ogling it through the IWM blog and Flickr photo stream.

The exhibition is open 10am to 6pm until the 3rd of January 2011, at a very reasonable £4.95 for Adults and £2.50 for Children.

Sally has promised that we can visit in the coming weeks as long as I promise not to try and put the greenhouse in my pocket, now what am I gonna do with the BFG's great coat?

[4194805393_fc695786b9.jpg ©Imperial War Museum]