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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Leeky Muffins Savoury muffins? No – me either. I’d always thought they came with blueberries, or cranberries, or maybe chocolate if you’re feeling a bit indulgent. We’re talking breakfast-on-the-run, snacks-after-school, and maybe a lunchbox ingredient if you’re lucky. But then I found a recipe on the British Leeks website – an unlikely place for me to be [...]

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Well: still no salad, of the lush leafy kind anyway, but at least I have some seedlings on the way now. The first of the salad sowings went in this month so I have a tray of mixed lettuce, plus three other kinds of lettuce (tried-and-tested favourite ‘Salad Bowl’, a heritage red butterhead ‘Merveille de [...]

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Leek ‘Below Zero’ I tried a different way of growing my leeks this year. It’s not exactly textbook, but it’s given me the best harvests I’ve ever had. I’ve always been a bit poncey about my leek-growing. This is mainly because I’ve become totally addicted to the steely-blue and utterly gorgeous ‘Bleu de Solaise’, which I’ve got [...]

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Spud trials 2012

Regular readers will know I’m steadily working my way through the several hundred varieties of potato – both heritage and more modern – grown in this country. So far, I have tried… well… about sixteen. A little way to go then. Every year, though, I learn a little more. In 2011, I learned that choosing [...]

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Perhaps it’s because we’re always working with things that change: plants that grow, flower, fruit and die; and seasons that change from icy to sunny to downpour and back again (sometimes in a single day just lately: on second thoughts, even a gardener can have too much change). So the Garden Press Event in central [...]

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