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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

Salads made out of just a load of lettuces are perfectly acceptable, and quite pleasant if you go to the trouble of mixing a few different colours and leaf textures. But when it comes down to it, lettuce is lettuce. All right, there are a few which have slightly richer flavours (step forward, Little Gem); [...]

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The no-water veg garden

Well, that’s just typical. I go to write something vaguely insightful about growing vegetables in a drought, and the heavens open. Not that it’s going to help much unless it rains from now until about August: even our damp little corner of Somerset went a month with no proper rain (until this week), and the West [...]

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You know that packet of mint-flavoured herbal tea you have lurking in a corner of the kitchen? Go find it now. Pick it up. Open the rubbish bin. And throw it in. Once you’ve made proper fresh mint tea, the kind you get in teabags will taste like stewed cardboard forever more. I do not [...]

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Ouch. I think I may have gravel-shoveller’s elbow. I think we can safely say, following the last two or three weeks, that I am not and never will be a builder. Five dumpy bags arrived one weekend, just after my husband turned up with a carload of timber. This brought a certain sense of urgency to the [...]

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