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Monthly Archive for November, 2012

Brussels sprout ‘Trafalgar’ My timing’s out with the Brussels again. No Christmas sprouts from the garden this year, then. Or last; or the one before that, come to think of it. It is only just beginning to dawn on me, though, that it might not be my fault. ‘Trafalgar’ was my pick of the mid-late [...]

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After the two (second) earlies and the first two of the maincrops I grew this year, which happened to be the fancy ones (results in part one): time for the belt-and-braces approach. Four maincrops which were supposed to be big, hefty stalwarts to see me through the winter: except it didn’t quite turn out like [...]

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This may not have been an entirely typical year. By now I’ve usually got a shed crammed with big bulgy hessian sacks full of plump, rosy-skinned potatoes, seeing us through almost a whole winter of hearty roasts. We usually eat the last ones in around February: we’re big on spuds in our family so if I wanted [...]

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While we’re on the subject of pumpkins: just look at these little doozies. Those are my ten-year-old’s hands: and they fit quite comfortably into her palm. As record-breaking pumpkins go, they’re at an extreme end of the scale: just not the end we’re used to seeing pumpkins at. These are ‘Jack be Little’, and they’re very [...]

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So the witching hour has passed for another year and we all seem to be intact and relatively unravaged by the undead. That’s a relief. If you grew your own pumpkin for Hallowe’en the shell is no doubt still sitting out on your doorstep, lightly scorched and looking more pathetic than scary in the early [...]

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