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Double your money

Right about now, I’m starting to think about pruning my autumn-fruiting raspberries. They’re good old ‘Autumn Bliss’, rock-solid reliable, heavy cropping and utterly delicious. They came into their own this year, their second in my garden: I confess not many made it as far as the kitchen, as I find a fresh raspberry irresistible, but [...]

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Talking a load of manure

Right, that’s it. I know what I said about green manures, but it was a load of old twaddle. Don’t believe a word of it. Sometimes, as a gardener, you just have to admit when something isn’t working. For many, many years I’ve been using green manures: usually to follow the new potatoes, as I [...]

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Potato trials 2014: The Verdict #2

My potatoey adventures proceed apace: and now it’s the turn of the maincrops. I grew only two maincrops this year, mainly because I haven’t yet got my third potato bed up and running (we eat so many potatoes I am seriously thinking of co-opting the chicken run for mass potato production). Both were recommended for [...]

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Potato trials 2014: The Verdict

Well. Who’d have thought it. The annual Crocus Kitchen Garden Potato Trials – that august institution by which potatoey reputations are won and lost – are five years old this year. For five years I have been diligently noting the performance, yields and flavour of about eight (well, on a good year: mostly around five) [...]

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Care in the community

Britain in Bloom finalists across the country are currently biting their nails to the quick waiting to hear the results, announced in Bristol tomorrow, of another year’s hard work on the nation’s roundabouts and road verges. So, you are no doubt asking, what? The trouble is, Bloom has a bit of an image problem. I [...]

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