|Veg ready for brining, before making piccalilli|
I'm fast becoming a major Piccalilli fan. It's very easy to make and so delicious. Best of all, it's flexible in the vegetables you can use and usually it's vegetables that are in abundance: courgettes/marrows, cauliflowers (often several are ripe at the same time), green tomatoes, carrots, small onions, cucumbers.
|The onion bed|
The one big sowing job this month is the overwintering onions. This year, I've sown six different varieties (Hi Keeper, Senshyu Yellow, Kosma, Musona White Italian, Paris Silverskin and Ailsa Craig) on 15 August - 600 onion seeds in total. Since I sowed them inside large bottomless pots this time (to prevent accidental cat dispersal of seeds and ruin of seedlings) it was quite a time-consuming job. And it used a lot of pots!
|Romanesco: pretty, tasty fractal|
|Vanilla and Wingco conspiring|
Well, the chicks tried to go into their new house the next evening, only to be fiercely rebuffed by the resident hens. Only one of the young hens managed to make it inside! The others wandered around and roosted up in different spots, on their old hut, on a fence, on a wall and, the hardest to find, in among some raspberries. So we went around, picked them all up and put them into the new house again. Luckily, the next night they all managed to get in. However, they all tried to roost up on one perch (a tall order to get ten chickens on a perch designed for five), leaving the second one empty. No doubt, they will learn. They've already learnt about corn snacks.