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Category Archive for 'Unusual veg'

Medlars (Mespilus germanica) We gardeners are a patient bunch. Three years I’ve been waiting for this lot. Since they’ve been thinking about possibly one day emerging from the unpromising stick I planted back in 2011 my youngest has started secondary school, my eldest has reached GCSE age, we’ve all been to France and Italy and [...]

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About now my greenhouse becomes less vegetable power house and more storage depot. Those big pumpkins on the floor are ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’ – known affectionately as Cinderella pumpkins, and you can see why. Pumpkins in fairy tales look just like this: deep orange, perfectly rounded but flattened top and bottom, with deep valleyed ridges [...]

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Well I thought I was doing pretty well on the exotics front this year, what with the tomatilloes hogging one end of the greenhouse and my huge tree chilli – now, in its second year, almost at roof height – fighting it out with the tomatoes at the other. The loquat tree is thriving, the [...]

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Made in America

One of our more endearing habits as a nation, I always think, is our liking for small, seemingly random museums. Places like the British Dental Association’s museum in Wimpole Street, London, home to a collection of 19th century dental floss. Or the London Sewing Machine Museum, in Balham, where you can marvel at the sewing [...]

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It was all change at the Edible Garden Show this year. There were turkeys, I tell you. Real ones, with those weird long things dangling off their noses. The pigs and goats were sadly missed – ‘elf ‘n’ safety, I’m told – but there were lots of chickens including a few obligingly being born in [...]

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