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Monthly Archive for July, 2010

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There aren’t many times in the year when I don’t have some young plants about the place, just poking their noses above the soil. At the moment it’s mainly salads and a few annual herbs – I sowed some coriander last week and I’m gearing up for some more parsley soon to see me through [...]

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Here it is: the mother, father, grandmother and great-aunt-twice-removed of all weeds. Bindweed has to be the absolutely most detested weed of them all. My own garden is riddled with it, and it seems the moment I turn my back (usually still achingĀ from the last two-hour session of forkingĀ out bindweed roots) it’s slithering up from [...]

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It’s not all veg round here, you know. Actually there are quite a lot of flowers in my patch. Of course there are all the flowers that come with veg: yellow tomato and cucumber blossoms, purple and white potato flowers, and the lovely red and white fountains of flowers climbing up my beanpoles. But I’ve [...]

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Pea ‘Ambassador’ I’m a bit spoilt for choice this month. The allotment is absolutely bursting with produce: courgettes, carrots, beetroot, onions, spuds, some chard, loads of cucumbers, a smidgen of early kale and the beans just starting to get into their stride. And that doesn’t count the salads and the herbs, still going strong. But [...]

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I couldn’t leave the delights of this year’s Hampton Court without saying a little bit about what I discovered tucked away in a shady patch under a rickety old lean-to in a forgotten little corner of the Home Grown exhibit. Most people were walking past without noticing it – mind you that may have been [...]

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