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Monthly Archive for March, 2011

Recipe of the month: March

Tunafish and Parsley Pasta All you need for this slap-up lunch (or light supper) are store-cupboard staples and a handful of parsley from the garden: that’s probably why this is what we fall back on when we can’t think of anything else to cook and we haven’t been to the shops or indeed thought beyond a [...]

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Flat-leaved Parsley We are in the vegetable-gardening doldrums. Also known as the hungry gap, the bit when your other half wonders what the point of even having a veg garden is, the spell where the wailing cries of ‘not cabbage again!’ reach an ear-splitting crescendo. That’s not to say there’s nothing going on: the plot [...]

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Garden-less gardening

People are nothing if not inventive. It may have once been the case that every self-respecting householder had a couple of acres on the estate to set aside for a walled kitchen garden (one of my favourite gardening quotes dates back to Victorian times when, it was said, ‘no garden, however small, should be without its [...]

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The annual round of horticultural hot-desking has begun: that frenetic three-month spell in which I seem to spend my whole time ferrying different shapes and sizes of pot, module and seed tray between kitchen windowsill, propagator, greenhouse shelving, coldframe and veg garden. Part of the problem is that none of the above is big enough: [...]

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Rogues’ gallery: Nettles

They’ve started popping up like little green starbursts all over my garden, inching their prettily-pleated young leaves out of the hedgerows onto the veg patch. I find nettles terribly confusing. I spend half my time plotting ever more devilish and dastardly ways of hoicking them out of the ground, and the other half getting quietly excited [...]

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