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Big is beautiful

Look what I found in the pumpkin patch. Isn’t it the fattest, plumpest, most pumpkiny pumpkin you ever did see? You can probably guess I’m inordinately proud of it: I suspect it may even be the biggest pumpkin I’ve ever grown. I even measured it: 115cm – that’s nearly four feet – around the girth, [...]

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A whole mess of strawberries

Well here’s a pretty mess. This is my strawberry patch. As you can see, it’s become a little enthusiastic of late. In fact it may not be too much of an exaggeration to say it’s run amok, thrown off the veneer of respectability and is having a riotous party hovering somewhere between anarchy and abject [...]

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Rainy day gardening

You know it’s been a good summer when you breathe a huge sigh of relief on waking to a rainy day. When a gardener needs an excuse to stay indoors it’s fine weather indeed. My rainy day has been much anticipated as I’ve desperately needed some time catching up with all the indoor gardening jobs [...]

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Turnip ‘Purple Top Milan’ Turnips get a bad press. In the minds of many they’re only one step up from cow food. They’re fall-backs, winter staples, the kind of thing you only eat if you really have to and there’s absolutely nothing else left on the veg rack. Peasant food, in fact: in fact I’m [...]

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My greenhouses are the engine rooms of my garden. I have two: both six-by-eights, or in modern parlance 1.8m x 2.4m. Aluminium, pretty bog standard, and I love them both. Neither cost me much: I just kept an eye on the small ads in the local paper (Freecycle is another happy hunting ground). The first [...]

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