Galton Blackiston’s lemon thyme and garden mint ice cream

I came across the website Great British Chefs while looking for ice cream recipes. Here is Glaton Blackiston’s thyme and mint ice cream. It’s easy to make – just a custard base. I’ve also added a couple of egg whites, whisked up and folded to the custard once cool, along with agar agar – both…

Growing Pea Shoots

It’s still really cold outside, but my enthusiasm is high and I really want to get cracking with this years growing. For a quick win while i’m waiting, I’m going to grow Pea Shoots with guidance from Vertical Veg’s How to grow pea shoots blog post. The container and marrow fat peas have been sourced….

GYO Potatoes 2013

At Hulme Community Garden Centre’s Heritage Potato Day, we bought Salad Blue, Charlotte, Orla and Valor potatoes to grow. Following the success of last years potato growing, I’m starting a little earlier. Charlotte potatoes are incredibly popular, being a salad potato (waxy) with a full flavour. Charlotte can be planted out early between February and March for harvest in June….

Self-watering plastic bottle planter

Wanting to try something more DIY for my vertical gardening, I’ve opted for the very simple self-watering plastic bottle planter. It’s incredibly easy to make, but not without its issues. Reading other blog posts, it seems algae can grow in the water compartment, and roots can be sun-burnt. I initially followed Spoonful’s instructions, however removing…

Vertical Greens

After one season of growing in our back garden and previously on a growbox, we’ve been dreaming of increasing our veg yields by creating a vertical garden in the backyard of our terraced house in Old Trafford. So far we’ve been looking into other people’s efforts and set out some ambitious but hopefully achievable goals…

JJASON blog 2012 in review

One of the reasons we love word press is that The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has read and commented on our blog. We can see people really like the cakes (especially Mary Berry’s cakes!) – so…

Autumn – Winter Garden

We are keen to prepare our garden ahead of winter, to ensure we have great food in the spring. For inspiration we took a packed lunch and visited Hulme Community Garden Centre yesterday. Its lovely to sit in their gardens and to wander around, getting ideas and talking to staff about what we can do…