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Monthly Archive for November, 2010

Gearing up for a bit of weather

Well, my goodness me, who’d have thought it. It’s snowing. Not much, it’s true, but we woke up this morning to a mini-blizzard howling around the house which left a smattering of undeniably snowy stuff in its wake. Apparently there is more on the way. I can’t remember the last time it snowed in November: [...]

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Sweet Shepherdess Pie I know of few better ways to enjoy sweet potatoes than mashed with lashings of butter, freshly-ground pepper and a sprinkling of salt. Sweet potato has a smoother, creamier texture than ordinary potatoes: if you prefer more bite, they work well roasted, too, brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and [...]

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Conflicting advice

Do you plant your garlic cloves like daffodils or like onions? I debate this with myself every year at about this time, when I’m putting in next year’s garlic just as the winter begins. Garlic is much better planted to overwinter as short stubby seedlings, just poking above the ground: it requires a good long [...]

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Sweet Potato ‘T65′ Honestly. You would have thought they could have come up with a slightly more imaginative name than that. Luckily, though it’s been named after a refrigerator serial number, the actual vegetable is spectacularly interesting. In fact I have become a little obsessed with my sweet potatoes: they are a challenge for gardeners [...]

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…makes a lot of juice

Growing apples is a dangerous habit, you know. You start with one tree: perhaps a few Bramleys at the bottom of the garden, like I had at my previous house, or┬áthe pretty little ‘Devonshire Quarrenden’ I inherited with this garden. Then you think, well, it’s all very well having cookers, or early varieties – but [...]

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