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Monthly Archive for July, 2011

When size matters

There’s no getting around it: the world of giant vegetables is a strange one. It has its own arcane rituals and obsessions, with an attention to detail and 24/7 devotion that makes us grow-to-eat types look like flibbertigibbet part-timers. But I can’t help being a bit fascinated by the whole thing. I mean, you might [...]

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Lemony thicket

Just inside my garden gate, set a little way back from the path, is a small and unremarkable plant. I brought it back with me from Hampton Court, cherished and wrapped against clumsy neighbours and heavy bags: it made it back intact and (for once) was planted the very next day. So why am I [...]

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Edible Hampton: Looking delicious

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: vegetables are beautiful. It takes a certain shift in thinking to look at vegetables in the same way as we do flowers. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking the two somehow belong in different categories, ever since the Victorians decided kitchen gardens were where working folk in flat [...]

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It’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show week: time to indulge in the ultimate in fantasy kitchen gardening. This is the show that allows you to think it might be possible: that with a few good ideas your common-or-garden veg patch can become a thing of beauty, bursting with huge cabbages and dripping with olives and oranges. [...]

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