Learning to Pickle Shallots and Building Raised Beds from Gravel Boards

Two leaps forward today.  Firstly, the gravel boards for our first raised bed were delivered from our local timber yard, and we’re hoping to build it at the weekend if the weather clears.  It’s well worth shopping local – the boards cost around £2-3 each and were cut to size for free (cheaper than much smaller raised bed kits we’ve seen on sale elsewhere) and were delivered to our door.

Meanwhile, this afternoon, the children and I have been learning how to pickle vegetables.  We are hoping for a whole notebook of failsafe recipes by the time our own veggies are ready to be harvested and preserved.  Today we made a brine and the shallots were peeled, trimmed and are now weighted down in the cooled liquid for 24 hours – they’ll be put into jars with white wine vinegar and spices tomorrow.

Watch our how-to video on building gravel board raised beds

Our Recipe for Maple and Chilli Pickled Shallots

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