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Category Archive for 'Salads'

January is not the best month in the greenhouse. We’re at that stage of the year where everything’s gone into stasis, hunkered down, head low, waiting for the bad stuff to go ‘way until spring comes around again. Unless, of course, you sowed lots and lots of salad in your greenhouse borders back in October [...]

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November is change-around month in the greenhouse. Well, at least it’s meant to be. The trouble is, it’s supposed to be cold, and it just isn’t. We’re still getting double-digit temperatures during the day, and at night though it’s dipping to zero very occasionally and we’re getting some encouraging if short-lived ground frosts (the first, [...]

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Floral gastronomy

I used to be a bit sceptical about all this new-fangled fashion for eating flowers. All a bit Guardianista, I thought. Looks nice and all that, but what about the flavour? Well. Then I ate a rosemary flower. And found out about the flavour, and why people who eat flowers tend to eat rather a [...]

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A Kitchen Garden Herball: Sorrel

If there was ever a herb almost pathologically obsessed with pretending not to be even a little bit interesting, it’s sorrel. It’s plug ugly, for one thing, especially the common version (Rumex acetosa). Even the French sorrel (R. scutatus) is a plain thing, the sort of plant you’d mistake for its close relative, dock, and [...]

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Pick of the month: April

Brassica flowers Edible flowers are the it girls of the vegetable world. It seems these days all the best-dressed salads sport a confetti of marigolds and cornflowers. The humblest cake sale can rustle up a lavender cookie or two, and if you’re lucky a cupcake studded with frosted violets. Heck, there’s even a wildly successful commercial edible flower farm, not far [...]

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