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Monthly Archive for December, 2011

You’d think gardeners would be easy-peasy to buy Christmas presents for. One of those clipper thingies, a trowel-and-fork set, say, or a poinsettia… A POINSETTIA! Are you mad? Right. Just for the record: I use only Felco no. 9 ‘clippers’ (secateurs to you, mate), and I’ve already got three trowels and two forks, if you [...]

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Pan-fried Brussels sprouts with bacon, shallots and juniper This may come as a shock, but you don’t have to boil sprouts. I know it’s traditional: I know it’s the way we all do it. But sprouts are so much more versatile than that. You can have them raw, shredded into salads with salami or hazelnuts; roast [...]

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Brussels sprout ‘Falstaff’ Well, come on. It’s December. Sparkly tinsel and twinkly lights a go-go and turkey and deck the halls before breakfast. Of course my pick of the month is going to be the most Christmassy of Christmas vegetables. Unfortunately, timing your sprout crop to be in tip-top form for Christmas Day is one of the biggest lotteries of [...]

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DIY pest control

I’m not usually in the business of disclaimers but I’d better just mention before I begin: I’m not about to tell you how to make a pesticide. Oooooh no. That would be illegal; only approved pesticides are licensed for use in the UK. No: I’m in the business of sending the little wrigglers packing before [...]

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