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Monthly Archive for November, 2009

Life may be damp and increasingly chilly, and I know we’re looking down the wrong end of the dank, dark tunnel that is winter. But poking their brave little heads above ground all over the allotment are the signs of new growth. Just enough to keep me going up there whatever the weather: little flags [...]

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Currant affairs

With half my plot all but under water what with torrential rain and flash floods in the last couple of weeks, and the other half under sheets of black plastic (partly in an optimistic attempt to keep out said flash floods), I can no longer sink a spade into my soil without hearing the dreary [...]

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Pick of the month: November

Ruby Chard At a time of year when everything seems drab and grey, the scarlet stems of ruby chard backlit by the winter’s sun are like a tonic to the soul. Also known as rhubarb chard, this is the most beautiful thing on my allotment at the moment. Sometimes I take a detour over to [...]

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Something for a rainy day

I’ve had a happy day in the veg-growing blogosphere while the rain pours down outside and the gales buffet my window. I’ve had the perfect excuse to visit all my favourite virtual gardens where I spend time procrastinating, prevaricating and generally playing around instead of doing anything particularly productive: Jo at The Good Life was [...]

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I was happily cutting the first young leaves from my beautifully healthy-looking curly kale for supper the other day, when a little white fly flew up in my face. ‘Ah-ha!’ I thought, and began rummaging around for further signs of cabbage whitefly – an annoyingly common pest which I’ll go on about at greater length [...]

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