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Monthly Archive for October, 2010

An apple a day…

I have apples dancing before my eyes. Big apples, small apples, red apples, yellow apples, apples with peculiar bumps on them and apples with names straight out of a mediaeval pageant (‘Coeur de Boeuf’ or ‘Langton’s Nonesuch’, anyone?) The world has gone apple mad. Probably something to do with Apple Day, which was celebrating its [...]

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Beating the bunnies

Cute, isn’t he? Actually, no, he’s not. He is a ruthless, insatiable vegetable murderer (sundry fruit trees are on his conscience too) and he is my sworn enemy. It doesn’t take too many beds of cabbages, or lettuces, or beans razed to the ground before you become impermeable to cuddly fluffiness and start to narrow [...]

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Here’s a sight to strike fear into the hearts of allotment-owners everywhere. If you’re taking on an allotment this season – give yourself a pat on the back, by the way, for getting past those eyewatering waiting lists – this is, more than likely, what you’ll be faced with. Brambles are the number one allotment [...]

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End-of-season review

The light is dimming, the air is chilling, and though it is still unseasonably mild here (much to my delight as I’m doing a lot of digging at the moment), there is little doubt that autumn has come and the 2010 growing season has come to an end. So how has your year gone? Mine [...]

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Purple power for two of the last three of my eight potato varieties: all maincrops, and the most colourful spuds I’ve ever grown (or eaten, for that matter). Blue Danube: The first of my purple potatoes, this one comes from the Sarvari research station, originally from Hungary but now with an outpost in Wales. They’re churning out [...]

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