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Monthly Archive for April, 2011

Broad bean tops There are a few canny tricks you can keep up your sleeve at this time of year, when there’s so little in the way of pickings to choose from. We’re just about pulling out of the veg-harvest doldrums: asparagus and purple-sprouting broccoli are both April treats. But still, I’m fed up of [...]

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The hottest and driest April since I can remember, at any rate (the official and no doubt headline-grabbing statistics have yet to be released, of course); temperatures up to ten degrees above average; we haven’t had any rain for¬†weeks and you can practically hear all the little seedlings in the greenhouse¬†gasping for water. What a [...]

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Sometimes you just fancy something a little different. Something you’ve never tried before; something to pique your tastebuds and stretch your gardening horizons, challenging your ideas about what you put in your veg garden each year. Don’t get me wrong: I’ll never not grow peas, beans, spuds, or any of the usual tried-and-tested favourites. There’s [...]

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Sometimes it’s easy to get into a rut. You go on year after year, doing things in the same old way, even though the results aren’t great and you have to settle for ‘more or less good enough’. Which is why it’s such a good idea to get out from time to time and go [...]

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