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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

A Kitchen Garden Herball: Sage

For years, I’d thought the reason sage was called sage was something to do with wisdom. You know: sagacity, sagesse to the French, the wise old sage, Sage the Owl in The Herbs(1). As it turns out, mildly disappointingly, wisdom (or rather, the lack of it) is about the only thing it can’t cure. Cuts [...]

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What’s for pud at your house tonight? I’m not being nosy (or inviting myself round, though if you’re asking…): I’m just looking for an excuse to brag shamelessly. You see, for pudding tonight chez moi we have… strawberries. That’s freshly-picked strawberries. Just out of the garden. Though I haven’t decided yet between cream or icecream, or maybe just [...]

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Self sufficient (ish)

This is my salad self-sufficiency kit. It has now provided me with baby-leaf salads of one sort or another since about April. That’s over six months since my last bag of supermarket salads. And do you need acres of space for this miraculous ability to feed yourself without recourse to shops and ridiculously high prices [...]

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I’ve just spent the last week or so in Japan. As you do. It was a particularly green-fingered sort of week, since I was at the Gardening World Cup in Nagasaki, to the south of the country. That involved spending a lot of time admiring some really rather spectacularly gorgeous show gardens: but not much veg. There [...]

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