Big Dig 2016

Despite the changeable weather, fifteen of us were at the garden this afternoon for this year’s Big Dig.

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We managed the first four of the seven tasks on the notice board, but also had time to sit round the fire and chat

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I was asked for the recipe for the oat and blackberry flapjacks I brought. Its based on one on the Carnation website, but omits the extra sugar – its sweet enough!

Ingredients:

350 g softened butter or similar (I used Yeo Valley spreadable)
350 g condensed milk (this stuff is 50% sugar)
300 g porridge oats
200 g wholemeal self-raising flour
100 g blackberries (I used ones picked at the garden last autumn & frozen. You can substitute other berries, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, or whatever comes to hand)

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 180deg
  2. Cream the butter and condensed milk together (tip: weigh the condensed milk into the bowl)
  3. Mix in the other ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Using two spoons, scoop 4cm diameter blobs of the mixture onto a baking tray, keeping well separated. You should get about two dozen.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until they’re begining to brown. They will have spread into each other.
  6. Allow to cool on the tray and firm up before removing with a palette knife.

 

 

 

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Big Dig 2015

On Saturday 21 March, we took part in Big Dig 2015. On a  cold grey day we had a steady stream of visitors and made a start on some key garden projects with their help.

putting well rotted horse manure round the gooseberries to feed them and suppress weeds
putting well rotted horse manure round the gooseberries to feed them and suppress weeds

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and adding rotted horse manure as a mulch
and adding rotted horse manure as a mulch
Turing over an extra strip of turf to make room for growth
Turing over an extra strip of turf to make room for growth
Sue shows a girl how to plant seed potatoes
Sue shows a girl how to plant seed potatoes
Old and new gardeners gathering at the start of the Big Dig
Old and new gardeners gathering at the start of the Big Dig

Recent garden pictures!

I’ve just tried the instructions for ‘adding a gallery’ as an experiment: you upload the files, then in a new post select ‘add media’ (button at top) & ‘add gallery’ Unfortunately the movie clip I took of Emily’s Sparsholt shuffle is in quicktime *.mov format, which wordpress doesn’t recognise: I’ve uploaded this vital instructional video to youtube:

Keith