Down on the Allotment

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

My Mushrooms!

I got quite a shock when I opened the cupboard in the living room today! I have been checking my chestnut mushrooms daily and until today they had been making steady progress. Since yesterday however, they have doubled in size! Quite amazing! Am going to have mushrooms on toast tomorrow tea time.
Another amazing bargain today. I was wondering through Wilkinsons having a look in their gardening section when I spotted these gooseberry bushes for just £2.00 each. They look like 2 year olds, nice shape, lots of shoots (a bit pale but they had been in a box for a while). I bought 2 yellow and one red. The gormless girl at the checkout looked at the box and asked, "Is them onions?"... Sigh!

15 Comments:

At 8:10 PM, Blogger Wild Mood Swings said...

Told you so.

There's bargains a plenty at Wilko.

Now if I can just get you into guerilla gardening.


Hmmmmmmmmm

 
At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anna--Flowergardengirl said...

I am just amazed that you grew mushrooms in your cabinet. I've never eaten mushrooms on toast. I've had them fried and with steak. How do you make it so it goes on toast?

 
At 3:56 AM, Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

Those mushrooms are cool! Whole new take on indoor gardening. Much better than what I find growing in the fridge.

 
At 5:05 AM, Blogger Matron said...

Anna, thanks for dropping by. You just chop or slice them and fry them gently in some butter in a frying pan. I season them with black pepper.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Matron.. Just popped over from UKBOB, Ohhh Yummy Mushrooms on toast for breakfast. I add a little garlic in pan when cooking the mushies...Lol Is them Onions...

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger VP said...

Hurrah - success!

Your picture's had the same effect as when I read The Hobbit and they stopped to have mushrooms on toast - I've got the bread read in the toaster, the butter out and I'm just going out to get some mushrooms! I bet they won't be half as tasty as yours though!

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Billie-Jean said...

That comment is why shes sat behined a till at Wilkinsons...what a Silly girl

 
At 2:46 PM, Blogger Karen @ Wiggly Wigglers said...

The mushrooms look great - I remember growing them in our damp under stairs cupboard when I lived at home. Perhaps I should grown them now - our cottage is quite damp and gloomy - they should do well. Great bargain with the onions!

 
At 7:08 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Mushrooms eaten today! fried with butter and garlic and buttered toast! heavenly

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger LOUISE @ HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS said...

I shant get myself a job in Wilkos, if they can't tell their onions from their cabbages! Those mushrooms look set to jump into your frying pan very soon, lovely. I love gooseberries too, crumble my favourite, I have a green variety, but would love a red. x

 
At 11:53 PM, Blogger primrozie said...

I'm going to try that mushroom, garlic, butter and toast. I'm sure I'll love it as I love both mushrooms and garlic toast ;)

Of course, my mushrooms aren't as fresh as yours. Although we do have pretty fresh ones in our local stores. We have a mushroom mine nearby where many of the locals work.It is called ,"Creekside Mushroom Mine". It is their compost that our local garden centers sell.

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Great deal Matron and they will soon show a healthy green! Onions! Good grief, how clueless can you get?

Good job with the mushrooms! How did they taste?

 
At 6:25 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Gooseberries have now been planted in the ground, seem to be perking up a bit. Mushrooms tasted divine! especially fried with garlic!

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger Suzy said...

You inspired me to try growing mushrooms myself, though only boring portobello ones, and they've started to pop up - hurrah!so thank you for that inspiration. Can I ask where you got your chestnut mushroom kit?

 
At 6:18 PM, Blogger Matron said...

Suzy, I bought this kit at the amazing garden shop at the RHS Garden at Wisley, Surrey

 

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