A Garden Lover's Diary July
All that hard work in the veg patch is now paying off. A potter in the garden can result in a basket full of peas, beans, salad and much more. Top chefs see the importance of home-grown ingredients and at the Show this year you may have seen superstars including Mary Berry, James Martin and Michel Roux Jr sharing inspiring recipes live on stage. I’ve selected some of my favourites, paired them with growing tips from our wealth of gardening experts and hope to keep you inspired to grow and cook your own, all year round.
We loved how the Tesco ‘Every Little Helps’ Garden used lavender in raised beds for scent, colour and structure. Make use of yours by creating lavender sugar, as used in this Wimbledon-inspired Strawberry tart with lavender and honey cream, from our friends at BBC Good Food magazine.
Meals on wheels
The schools Meal in a Barrow competition never fails to show how creative you can be with containers. Dove Bank Primary School, People’s Choice winners, grew their own Vegetable Curry and Chakalaka! Browse the veg-tastic curry recipes for your glut of homegrown produce on bbcgoodfood.com here.
What can you grow veggies in? What can’t you grow veggies in, more like! Guttering has never looked so good and redundant wellies have a new lease of life. James Martin’s Tomato tarts with blowtorched salad is perfect for container-grown edibles including tomatoes, salad and thyme.
You can reduce salt intake by using herbs to pack flavour into your cooking instead. Grow herbs in every nook and cranny in your garden and freeze bunches for the fresh flavour whenever you need it. Or, use them all at once in this incredible 12-flavour summer risotto by the Greedy Italians.