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An Allotment Has come our way! (continued) Escargots and Blackberries


Well here we are after the first weekend, and what a beautiful weekend it has been a real Indian Summer indeed
We’ ve managed to skim off another 6 ft of surface weeds and grass and having acquired some more carpet to cover it, that area has been left for a bit, We decided to make an assault on the soft fruit section, meanwhile .. This seems to consist of a row of thorny blackberries and another of raspberries about five feet away. In between there’s a mixture of both plus bindweed couch grass and goodness knows what else The blackberries were totally wild and,abandoned as well as being particularly vicious so we bit the bullet and spent most of yesterday cutting them right back hard. I think that they will probably be fine eventually as long as we are in not too much of a hurry for blackberry and apple pie !
On the subject of food I seem to remember reading an article somewhere regarding the culinary uses of our native snail, which although smaller than its continental cousin is equally delicious with garlic butter! Has any one any information on this ? I reckon there are enough snails on this plot to keep all the restaurants in Bristol supplied for months! Only joking, I expect that there’s some health and safety issue somewhere, Be that as it may there are thousands of big fat juicy ones here so it might be possible to get a return from the allotment sooner than we were expecting!! Escargots de Somerset perhaps ? There’s a couple more photos below which show some of the work still to be done. I don’t think that the bottom end has been used for years except as a dumping ground With a bit of luck there should be a nice rich loam there, Wishful thinking perhaps! We’ll see!!
By the way thanks to all for the best wishes and nice comments on the last blog It Is appreciated

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Its hard for you to get this under control, but it will pay dividends. I shall enjoy watching it take shape.

21 Sep, 2009


Ditto. Someone I met from Bulgaria collects the snails and is feeding them lettuce and envelopes: they prefer junk mail! Fairly tough, so use a beer bait to catch them , and a lot of red wine for marinade (& to wash away the taste).

21 Sep, 2009

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