THE MODERN MINT BLOG
What is the seasonal food of July? What are the farmers and growers currently harvesting for our plates?
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Some pretty delicious stuff actually – this is the best of the British season and if it is locally grown and organic, you will hardly need to cook it (yesterday, from Riverford Organic, we got broad beans. They are already gone!)
Vegetables in season in July…
Samphire (get in quick with this one!)
Asparagus (though not for much longer! And the taste is so different to last month during the first week of harvesting…)
Nettles (use the young leaves, not the older ones… so cut a patch down if you have to and wait for them to resprout)
Elderflower (for champagne or cordial, of course)
A number of herbs (for example basil, fennel and mint… don’t be mean when you cook, use a big handful!)
Fruit in season in July…
Strawberries (for Wimbledon. Raspberries are just as good though!)
We hope you grow at least some vegetables, herbs or fruit in your garden (or on your balcony, or wherever…)
If we could recommend one plant to start with? Rosemary. It looks after itself, smells amazing and you can harvest it for cooking with or using in flower arrangements. Perfect.
For more on how to eat seasonably (and the taste benefits are enormous) you need to read these…
Here is an updated list of books for keen gardeners. I have enjoyed these books immensely, they range from designers and how they work to helping wildlife to thrive. And by buying from here you are helping local or independent bookshops to survive too. Here is the list – go take a look and nab something to read now!
I compiled a list of books using Bookshop, a new online shop to rival Amazon. I like it because it is supporting independent bookshops, helping them out by giving them an audience whilst their own physical premises are closed. The books I’ve listed are not all about gardening, but worth a look through and an order anyway as they are wonderful and have seen me through lockdown – and I hope they bring you some joy too! Check out the books I recommend here.
Hedge laying is something I’ve been meaning to try for a long time, a type of pruning that can bring huge benefits to wildlife as well as looking amazing. So last year I went down to Dorset/the edge of Devon, to spend a day learning to lay a hedge. Hedge laying is a way of building a stock proof fence. It does take time, and some practical and physical skill, but once you get the hang of it I would think developing your instinct about what to prune and where to lay the branches is where the true proficiency arises… …