Winter can feel sad in the potager at Tyrannell. Growth is slow and the harvest is largely restricted to the hardier brassicas and roots. However, there beneath the snow the land cress is quietly thriving, along with lambs lettuce. Continue reading
I love to produce food for the family, friends and guests from the potager at Tyrannell, and this year have been growing some very special salads. Continue reading
I promised, in the salad article, to blog about home made liquid fertiliser.
When growing hungry crops, especially those where the edible part is the fruit such as tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and aubergines and particularly if you are growing in a pot, you will almost certainly need to use a liquid fertiliser to sustain your plants and produce fine harvests. Continue reading
Three packets of seed will see you in salad leaves all summer long, and six will give you enough for all your family garden parties and picnics too.
Have you ever, in a hurry or wanting to serve a pretty salad to your guests, bought a supermarket bag of rocket or lambs lettuce and felt sad and guilty soon afterwards? The expense, the packaging, the tiny quantity and the sodden, decaying mess even hours later betray the mean commercialism of the product. However, help is at hand. Continue reading
In our Bed and Breakfast we like to serve as much home-produced food as we can. The key to self-sufficiency is to save and preserve the glut of the harvest in order to serve it up in the lean times.
I like to use the best of traditional techniques alongside modern technology. The freezer is key to saving plentiful fruit and vegetables, while keeping back and drying seeds maintains diversity and while selecting for characteristics which help the plants to survive in the conditions here in Wales. In the potager at Tyrannell a new enterprise is under-way. Continue reading
In Beulah it’s time to make the marmalade, meanwhile in the garden the snowdrops are starting to emerge from the ground.
At Tyrannell we cut a tree from the grounds and bring it in shortly before Christmas. We decorate it on Christmas Eve and it stays in the Hall for the entire twelve days. The youngest child in the House that day hangs the star on the top; Lucy is the Artistic Director and makes sure that the garland is beautiful, all the rooms are decked with holly and that the tree itself is the best yet. Continue reading