The Planting Plan
On Saturday, to prevent a full scale bout of cabin fever, I walked over to the local library to see if they had any inspiring gardening books to help me finalise this year’s planting plan for the plot. I’m not normally so organised but space is tight and I’m keen to get as much as possible out of it. Once there however I was sidetracked by a big display of shiny new, recently published cookery books. Irresistible. Browsing through one of them, The Great British Vegetable Cookbook by Sybil Kapoor, made me have a bit of rethink.
What if I approached the planting plan not from the perspective of what I fancy growing but instead from what is I want to eat. Yes it’s easy to grow beans, they’re nice steamed with a Sunday roast and I do like a simple treatment but given the trend for eating less meat and the love and care we take to get them to the plate, I’m thinking they need to take more of a centre stage rather than just being the sidekick to a leg of lamb.
So with that in mind I scooped up the three I thought would be most suitable along with a copy of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s River Cottage Veg Everyday, added a couple of books I already own and spent the rest of the afternoon on the sofa with pen and paper in a foodie swoon.
I’ve ended up with a long list but one I’m very excited by.
I’d love to know about your planting plans for this year so if you have some time please share in the comments.
On a final note, because I haven’t cooked anything from the books I borrowed I won’t give any review of them here, beyond telling you that they are all drool worthy to look at, make for interesting reading and to issue a warning that the introduction to Allegra McEvedy‘s Big Table Busy Kitchen may well make you cry if you are a mother or a daughter.