I’m a bit of a sucker for seed swaps. I like feeling that you can spread the love a little: I always end up with far more seeds than I could ever sow, some given to me, others bought on impulse at nurseries, garden centres and flower shows, and still more saved from my own plants in [...]
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Just back from my hols. (Great, thanks, and since you’re asking, it was 35° all week and I’ve got the third-degree suntan to prove it. Well, someone’s got to…) We were in the South of France, in prime wine-producing country just outside Bergerac: I have never seen so many grapes in my life. There were [...]
You can do pretty well on the self-sufficiency front from an average back garden. A couple of chickens, a corner for fruit, and the rest for as many spuds, beans and cabbages as you can squeeze in gives you the basic requirements. You might even get away without buying your meat if you go vegetarian [...]
I’m rather prone to waxing lyrical about my favourite types of veg: scrumptiously fat ‘Costoluto Fiorentino’ beefsteak tomatoes, perhaps, or my handsome Telephone peas; ‘Duke of York’ potatoes, ‘Cambridge Favourite’ strawberries and slender ‘Cobra’ French beans. You know – the kinds of fruit and veg you can’t wait to taste again. But I realised the other [...]
Plonk a bit of almost any herb out of the garden in a mug of boiling water and you’ve got a herbal tea. I’ve tried mint, rosemary, chamomile (an acquired taste) and lemon verbena: all refreshing, virtuously cleansing and with pleasingly beneficial effects on various bits of your anatomy. But what if you want to grow [...]