Welcome to City Cottage
City Cottage aims to be the selfsufficiency home and is about growing and making excellent food at home, with whatever land you have and wherever you are based. We believe you can get the very best unadulterated food for the price of the cheapest packaged and preserved foods on supermarket shelves.
We have a number of books being reworked and some new ones out too. A bacon and curing book is out in September and a Fish cookery book is in production. Diana is shortly to be working on a new baking book and if you like your lunchtime salad, we are looking at some really exciting recipes for a salad book.
Cheese and sausages
We look at Polish Hunter’s Sausage from Polish Sausages, Authentic Recipes And Instructions – great book
Becoming a beekeeper is a brave step for anyone because as soon as you start to think about it millions of questions flood the mind straight away.
If you want to grow your own food, obviously you need places to grow stuff
Hot weather in the garden can be quite distracting for the gardener used to a constant deluge of rain. If, like me, you have a lot of plants in pots and containers, you will find then drying out rather quickly and the plants suffering as a consequence. This is especially true for leafy crops which evaporate lots of water from their leaves.
Growing shallots in pots is easy and very successful. Really, it took me by surprise. One day they were growing nicely, the next they were all fallen over and ready for the big pull. Sure the rain didn’t help much, but they were all nice and big and are now drying off.
After a long time ignoring my privet hedges, near the hen run, we’re giving them the chop. The reason for my tardiness was solely health, but can’t watch it grow to the heavens any longer.
Vegetable and fruit
Basic botany for gardeners – runners
It bears leaves at points called nodes between which the stem is called the internode. Every couple of leaves will produce a plant that is genetically identical to the parent, and you can force it to root to create new stock.
We are crating a series of pages on basic botany for gardeners – please keep an eye out!