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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

It is the same every single year. I dig up a handsome harvest of maincrop spuds, and nearly all of them look like they’ve developed a nasty case of acne. I dream of smooth-skinned, downy-cheeked potatoes: I fantasise about peachy skins free of crater-like blemishes and crusty patches. But I have to make do with [...]

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Starting over

I got a shiny new vegetable garden this week. Moving house – and more particularly, veg garden – is traumatic enough without the added stress of trying to keep the veg supply going. The last few months has been a hectic round of trying to pot up what I could bring with me (there were casualties: [...]

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Roasted Autumn Veggies I know, the veg in the picture aren’t cooked. But they looked so pretty I couldn’t resist. You’ll have to take my word for it that they looked just as good after an hour in the oven. And besides, the family had eaten most of it before I had a chance to [...]

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Turning things over

It couldn’t be long before I started going on about compost. This is a subject on which most keen gardeners are practically evangelical: in fact some doughty souls even go forth and preach the gospel through the rather wonderful Master Composters Scheme, set up by Garden Organic to teach us lesser mortals the finer points [...]

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Uninvited guests

Yes, I know. Confusing, isn’t it? So much for rotation: I know potatoes are supposed to grow a couple of years separate from brassicas – the manure you add for spuds is too acid for cabbages – but sometimes vegetables take matters into their own hands. This is the bed where I’m in the middle of harvesting the latest [...]

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