It is that time of the year where prizegivings abound. I thought it was only fitting to have a prizegiving for the Netherby Garden. Here goes....
Most bee-autiful – borage hands-down winner amongst the bee and bumble bee community.
Best in show – This award has to go to the dazzling and loud dahlias!
Slugs Choice award – the cabbages that somehow missed being doused with Blitzem were quickly inhabited by entire slug communities. Thankfully the chooks were happy to feast on these.
Most Delicious – hands down to the strawberries, these are the treasures of the garden, I have been squirreling away into the freezer some of these to make a Strawberry Cloud Cake, one of my favourite Christmas day desserts. Recipe here https://www.annabel-langbein.com/recipes/strawberry-cloud-cake/410/
Most Prolific- this award goes to the beetroot, I already have harvested many of these delicious vegetables, with more successive plants growing including seedlings in the kitchen windowsill!
Best Effort- cucumbers although incredibly slow growing, they have consistently worked hard to produce some fine vegetables.
Best Growth- well done to the cherry tomatoes – grown terrifically, covered in flowers, just waiting for the fruit to set.
Most Useful – zucchini, from zucchini and feta pie to zucchini cupcakes, zucchini is a heavy lifter in our garden when providing food for the table
Most Promising – corn, growing well and lots of recipes waiting for their eventual harvest including my favourite corn fritters and BBQ corn cobs!
Most Effective- wire mesh around the fence to ward off the endless wild rabbits we have running around at home.
Most Feared – the award goes to Blitzem, single-handily warding off slugs and snails (except the ones that escaped into the cabbage patch)
Every plant in the Netherby garden is valued and appreciated for the sustenance they provide and the ability to enjoy garden to table goodness!