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A tasty tart for you and some treats for the wildlife

Lesley Watson and Dougal Philip New Hopetoun Gardens


for these winter crops… we’ll remind you in July! Perhaps you could pick up our free leaflets, Potager to Plate, from the garden centre which suggest crops to start each month of the year as well as some recipes for crops you could be harvesting that month from your own garden.

But meantime can we tempt you with a recipe that you should be able to supply from your own patch? Leeks, fresh new growth on perpetual spinach, other salad crops like rocket or herbs like chives and parsley.

t the end of the winter many of us run out of vegetables to pick from our own plots. We have to start planning in July and August

Plants included here are: Chives, purple bugle, golden marjoram, pink alyssum, annual phlox, variegated ivy and the variegated pineapple mint.

Sharing your garden with Visitors?

We are thinking of the small friendly wildlife sort of visitors… birds, bees, ladybirds, hedgehogs and the like.

This group of pots contain plants that feature in our designer collection

Plant list ‘Plants for Wildlife and Gardeners’. They are all great sources of nectar for wildlife visitors but they will also look great to us, are easy to grow and behave themselves. Between them they give interest all year round and many are fragrant too! What are you going to pop into your pots for this summer? Perhaps you could post some picture of your pots on our facebook page? (

Leaf and Spinach Tart

This is a great way of using vegetables as a starter, light lunch or main course.

• Roll out a sheet of ready-made puff pastry. • Cut into squares, sized to suit your appetite.

• Score a second square 1-2cm inside the edge and paint this outer frame with beaten egg.

• Put on a baking tray into a hot oven (200ºc) for 10 minutes until risen and golden.

• Meanwhile gently cook chopped leeks in a little rapeseed oil.

• When softened (10min) add some chopped perpetual spinach leaves and the rest of the beaten egg.

• Push down the inner square of pastry squares and spoon the leek and spinach mixture into each one and lay on a slice of Stilton.

• Return to oven for 5 minutes until cheese has melted

• Ring the changes with other veg – Spring Onions, Shallots, Chives, Rhubarb, Chard and other cheeses - Goats, Low Fat Cheddar.


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