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Monthly Archive for February, 2010

It’s no good: I can’t resist. This happens every year in February. There’s something about the turn of the month that makes your gardening brain go into “spring” mode. Whatever the weather outside – and let’s face it, we’ve had some pretty horrific weather this year – I just want to get growing. If I were [...]

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What a stop-start spring this has been. A week of watery sunshine got me all Tigger-like and bouncy in anticipation that finally, at last, the winter was over. Weeds were weeded, beds were forked over, edges were trimmed. Now it’s minus-goodness-knows-what at night again, blistering cold wind and sleeting rain all day. The allotment is under water, [...]

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Safeguarding the future

I’ve fulfilled a long-held ambition this year and put my name down for the Heritage Seed Library. This remarkable band of mainly volunteers have taken it upon themselves, very nearly single-handedly, to save all the vegetable varieties they can. The majority of the veg we grow are registered under the 1973 Seed (National List of Varieties) [...]

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Pick of the month: February

Parsnip “White Gem” All right, all right. You can stop laughing now. Newly washed and presented to my family for inspection, my 9-year-old’s reaction to this was, “Ooooh, Mummy, you’ve grown an Ood!”(1) I have terrible soil for growing parsnips. Despite ladling on barrowloads of compost and well-rotted stable manure, despite lovingly constructing raised beds [...]

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Of sun and wind

This is the other coveted prize I carried home from the wonderful Potato Day I went to in Hampshire the other week. It may not look very promising: it’s just a knobbly sort of lumpy thing a couple of inches across. But within that unglamorous exterior is the promise of wonderful things to come. It is, of course, a Jerusalem [...]

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