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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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The winds of change #2

There is something very magical about seeing the design you’ve had in your head for the last two years materialise on solid ground. Regular readers will know I’ve been chuntering on for some time now about redesigning my vegetable patch from rather utilitarian straight lines and practical rows and making it into something altogether less sensible, [...]

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The winds of change

Things are afoot at the bottom of my garden. There are whispers of change in the air, and drawings on the table, and holes being dug. Winter is a time of renewal: of taking a good long look at what you’ve got and deciding if you like it or not. Usually the answer is that [...]

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Ouch. I think I may have gravel-shoveller’s elbow. I think we can safely say, following the last two or three weeks, that I am not and never will be a builder. Five dumpy bags arrived one weekend, just after my husband turned up with a carload of timber. This brought a certain sense of urgency to the [...]

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I really hate building gardens. No: let me rephrase that. I hate the first bit of building gardens. The bit where you rip everything up, make a perfectly respectable patch of ground look like a building site, trample the earth to a pulpy mess begging for mercy and realise the plan you drew up isn’t [...]

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