Study days

The new year of study days has started, the best food at this time of the year is soup. I am still able to use vegetables from the garden, pleased to still have crops like Kale and celeriac doing well.



It does seem from my time today in the artichoke patch that they have not over wintered as well as they should have, this is the second year in a row. This spring when I split them I will add grit to the soil in the hope that it will help stop water sitting around the roots in winter.



If you eat interesting and good food as a child you have something to draw on later in life. I remember my Father baking apples for us in winter. I have started to bake apples myself and am happy to remember just how good they are.



I was happy to get the first of the books today. The point of the book is that it will be useful to people who want to grow vegetables and also give some ideas on how to use the produce.



It is just under three weeks till I go to the U.S to give my talks on the book tour. I think I may have sorted my talk tonight.  The important thing now is that the dogs do not walk over the talk and move them before I make a note of the order.



I have already got my poppy plants in the ground this year. I few a months ago I saw that the pots that I had left with soil in where full of self-sown poppy seedlings so today I started to plant them in areas they will look good but not be in the way, like between the rows of autumn raspberries.