No let-up!

If you are in the U.K., you may be forgiven for thinking this post is a moan about the incessant rain. However, as it appears to be doing my garden some good – ah, the sandy loam is coming into its own – I am singing the praises of this:

I took the bedraggled tomato plant out of the pot which had served it well for the past half year and added the green tomatoes to a chutney I am making in the slow cooker. What is left is rampant parsley and I love parsley.

I recently saw it listed as an alternative to coriander leaf, which is particular music to my ears. I don’t like coriander leaf at all but now I have a potful of what I really do. So, parsley has been liberally sprinkling over our ‘Indian’ food all weekend.

The rhubarb in the background of the above photo is on the wane, although I managed one last stalk the other day when I accidentally knocked if off the crown. Since it couldn’t feed the root it might as well feed me.

Beyond the camera, the chard and nasturtiums in the raised bed are responding to the continued moist environment with gusto. And the caterpillars are no doubt as happy about that as I am about the parsley.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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8 Responses to No let-up!

  1. We have needed the rain. Jackie has been using curry leaves in her cooking recently

  2. Sounds like your garden is doing well!

  3. We’re just returning from Toronto where we attended four events in the lead up to a traditional Indian wedding. The food was incredible. Your reference here made me smile.

    • Helen says:

      I hope you enjoyed your trip, Alys? I put ‘Indian’ in the quotation marks because, while it is normal in Britain to describe dishes from the Indian subcontinent as Indian, my ex-husband, who is from Pakistan, would have been offended by this. That said, we tried out dishes using different ingredients from the way he taught me and I wonder if the book hadn’t been written for a British person rather than someone born and brought up somewhere in that part of the world. So, maybe ‘Indian’ was correct.

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