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I have had a simply lovely time over the half-dozen years or so since I started this blog. Since July 2009, when I began by writing rather shyly about salads with an admirable economy of words which I seem to have lost along the way, I have battled my way through drought, torrential rain and [...]

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Peas please

There is more than one way to plant a pea. This could be the conclusion of my entire 20+ years of growing my own veg, in fact, neatly summed up in a nutshell (or wrapped up in a pea pod, if we’re being literal). All those experiments with green manures, training tomatoes, trying different varieties [...]

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In need of support

The longer I go on growing my own veg, the more support I need. It was all so simple when I started. All I needed was a few little wigwams. You know the kind of thing; stick five bamboo canes in the ground in a rough circle, tie the tops together and you’re done. They [...]

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Jerusalem artichoke I’m cheating a little here as this particular Jerusalem artichoke isn’t in my garden – though it soon will be. It’s growing, a little overenthusiastically, in one of the gardens I look after. So far it’s filled a whole corner of the sizeable veg patch and is doing a Great Escape style bid [...]

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Living on the edge

I have been thinking a lot about the edges of things lately. As m’learned colleague James recently demonstrated, when a word is short it has a disproportionately large amount of meanings. In this case… Edgy, as in Nick Cage. Cutting edge. The Edge of Glory (the fact that I know a Lady Gaga song is [...]

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