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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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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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Grains of truth

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 [...]

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Brew-your-own

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 [...]

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Some may call it a lamentable need for distraction: gardening in the age of Twitter and Facebook. I call it an inquiring mind in the pursuit of a fuller appreciation of the infinitely varied world of edible plants. But then I would, since I’m doing it. I’m talking about looking out for something different - anything different [...]

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