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Monthly Archive for August, 2012

Over the years, my poor, long-suffering family has become used to fruit and veg that’s… well, not quite the same as what you buy in the shops. Our carrots are kinked; our beans are bendy. We have the occasional calabrese floret that’s more flower than bud (thanks to my congenital inability to waste anything that’s more or [...]

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You think the 100m at the Olympics was good? Take a look at my rocket. To say nothing of the pak choi (some didn’t even make it past seedling stage) and the memorably lightning-fast endive-style lettuce ‘Très Fine Maraichère’ which sounds terribly fancy but the only thing that’s ‘très fine‘ about it is the time [...]

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Baby-leaf salad mixes are veg patch fast food. You don’t have to cosset some spindly seedling for months on end before you get to pick anything: these babies are up within a couple of weeks (especially at this time of year) and pickable within four. As long as you sow some every month you can guarantee [...]

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OK. Never mind the blisteringly hot March which encouraged things to wake up when they shouldn’t have been sprouting at all, then plunged us into freezing cold again, frosting the new growth into stricken black tatters. Casualty: one teenage olive tree, still mourned. Never mind the soggy April, or the dreary May, or the frankly drippy June in [...]

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Mangetout pea ’Shiraz’ I have fallen hook, line and sinker for mangetout peas this summer. It’s not that I didn’t like them before: it’s just that I was reluctant to give up good growing space to them when the same space could just as profitably be given to ‘proper’ peas which you can then freeze (it’s [...]

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