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Monthly Archive for June, 2013

What not to grow

I’m rather prone to waxing lyrical about my favourite types of veg: scrumptiously fat ‘Costoluto Fiorentino’ beefsteak tomatoes, perhaps, or my handsome Telephone peas; ‘Duke of York’ potatoes, ‘Cambridge Favourite’ strawberries and slender ‘Cobra’ French beans. You know – the kinds of fruit and veg you can’t wait to taste again. But I realised the other [...]

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It is always a bit of a rush getting my greenhouses planted up. I aim to have it done by 1st June each year – when I can be pretty certain there aren’t going to be any more frosts (those oop North should leave it another fortnight, just to be on the safe side). But [...]

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A Kitchen Garden Herball: Sorrel

If there was ever a herb almost pathologically obsessed with pretending not to be even a little bit interesting, it’s sorrel. It’s plug ugly, for one thing, especially the common version (Rumex acetosa). Even the French sorrel (R. scutatus) is a plain thing, the sort of plant you’d mistake for its close relative, dock, and [...]

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There I was minding my own business pricking out the Brussels sprouts seedlings I should have planted out about three weeks ago, when my husband turns up with a turfcutter in the back of the car. “Special offer!” he calls out of the window. “Fifty quid for the weekend!” And thus began our Great (and [...]

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Brew-your-own

Plonk a bit of almost any herb out of the garden in a mug of boiling water and you’ve got a herbal tea. I’ve tried mint, rosemary, chamomile (an acquired taste) and lemon verbena: all refreshing, virtuously cleansing and with pleasingly beneficial effects on various bits of your anatomy. But what if you want to grow [...]

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