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Monthly Archive for September, 2012

Cucumber ‘Crystal Lemon’ Just occasionally, you come across a vegetable that can’t quite decide what it is. The Hamburg parsley, for example: is it a parsnip? Or is it a leafy herb for spicing up your cooking? Who knows. Or flat-podded French beans like ‘Hunter’. I’m growing these this year, and on the whole I think [...]

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My collection of exotica is growing (no - exotica. With an ‘x’. I haven’t joined the Fifty Shades crowd just yet.) This year’s stars have been the achocha, winding fetchingly around a woven willow wigwam in the main flower border: they’re actually cucumbers, even though they taste of green peppers. And you’ve got to be careful, [...]

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A lost organic cause

That’s it: I’ve had it. I’m bringing out the big guns. I am what you might call a mostly-organic gardener. I do everything I can to avoid using pesticides, fungicides and the rest as I’ve never quite seen the point in dousing my fruit and veg with chemicals: that, after all, is the main reason I grow [...]

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Cutting a caper

I think I may have overdone it a bit with the nasturtiums this year. I always plant a lot: I love their sunny faces and the generous way they tumble over walls and froth onto paths. I’ve tried most varieties: ‘Alaska’ has always done well for me, though the jury’s still out on their white-splashed [...]

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