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Rhubarb ‘Timperley Early’ Is there anything you can’t do with rhubarb, I wonder? I must have tried most things in my time. I’ve made cakes with it and stewed it for breakfast. I’ve pickled it into chutney and combined it with ginger in an exceptionally yummy marmalade. I’ve made crumble, of course, and adapted the [...]

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It was all change at the Edible Garden Show this year. There were turkeys, I tell you. Real ones, with those weird long things dangling off their noses. The pigs and goats were sadly missed – ‘elf ‘n’ safety, I’m told – but there were lots of chickens including a few obligingly being born in [...]

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Potato trials 2014

I have spent my first hour outside in a t-shirt; there are seed trays in the greenhouse; I’m picking daffodils by the fistful for the vases in the house. And rhubarb, quite the earliest I’ve ever harvested my first stems: it is Timperley Early, but there’s early and then there’s really, really early. Not that [...]

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Climate change veg

It is a source of wonder to me that in my poor battered veg garden, awash with rainwater and gloopy with mud, there are still things I can harvest. Not much, it’s true, but enough to keep the Sunday roasts chugging out of the oven and offer a few home-grown ingredients for ersatz midweek meals. Most [...]

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Last chance saloon

Sorry, can’t stop. Must dash. Don’t you realise it’s nearly the END OF JANUARY!!! And I still haven’t finished planting the garlic! Let alone pruned the apple trees or mulched the veg beds or… Yep, I’m well on the road to my annual all-out late winter panic here. The trouble with the colder months of the [...]

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