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A Year in the Vegetable Garden

Although the vegetable garden is, for the most part, looking quite empty at the moment, I have recently made a start on the planting for next year by sowing my garlic. Garlic was actually the first crop that I planted … Continue reading

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Book Review: Salt Sugar Smoke

A few weeks ago I was thrilled to receive a copy of Diana Henry’s new book Salt Sugar Smoke from her publisher. This comprehensive guide to preserving fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, combines Diana’s charming narrative style with an exciting range of … Continue reading

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Stuffed Marrows

Strictly speaking, I’m not sure that these are actually marrows. They’ve left their youthful courgette days behind them, but are not yet as unwieldy as the beasts that are still growing outside. Whatever they are (answers on a postcard as … Continue reading

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Sarah Raven’s Gardens

I’ve been desperate to visit Sarah Raven’s gardens at Perch Hill, East Sussex for ages now, particularly since I received a couple of her books as gifts last year, which are helping to inspire the planting in the cut flower … Continue reading

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The Garlic Crop

Garlic has been one of the success stories from my vegetable garden this year. The numerous cloves were planted just after Christmas, and since early July I have been able to harvest over forty heads of garlic. A pretty good … Continue reading

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A Glut

I should have known better than to disregard advice from Joy Larkcom, the grande dame of vegetable gardening. In her book ‘Grow your own Vegetables’ she writes: “Courgettes are naturally prolific: well-grown plants can produce twenty courgettes, so three or … Continue reading

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Shortlist # 4 – Plant Labels

I don’t have anything nearly as charming as the plant labels shown here in my garden. Instead I have been working my way through a pack of white plastic markers with my permanent pen, which doesn’t create quite the same effect, … Continue reading

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A horticultural epiphany

I think I’ve been avoiding going down to the vegetable garden recently; using the end of term craziness at my kids’ school as my excuse, when in actual fact I’ve been feeling a little depressed about the lack of progress … Continue reading

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Secretts

This weekend was notable not just for the fact that it was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but, on a more personal level, by the fact that I picked asparagus for the first time. With a hardcore-foodie friend visiting from Sydney, … Continue reading

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Bean Feast

The various bean plants that I have been growing from seed for the last month or so have finally been planted out into the garden now that the warm weather has arrived. As well as the essential runner beans (‘White … Continue reading

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