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Parsley ‘Moss Curled’ I have a cherished list of kitchen garden favourites you just can’t keep down. They’re the ones you’re still picking three months after you sowed the seed: the ones you secretly get a bit bored of since you can just feast on it every day if you want to and still it comes [...]

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Hasta la ristra

You can dry all sorts of surplus veg from the garden. In fact I’d go so far as to say almost anything. That’s how they make vegetable crisps, you know. Beetroot are, they say, particularly good, though don’t bother with parsnips – it’s like eating bits of bark mulch. Courgettes are brilliant, too: slice, blanch [...]

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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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New Year, new harvest

I was once part of a group of very keen and knowledgeable gardeners (so keen and knowledgeable, indeed, that they humbled me for life) and they used to hold a competition every New Year’s Day to see who had the most different types of plant flowering in their garden on New Year’s Day. They could all number [...]

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A Kitchen Garden Herball: Sage

For years, I’d thought the reason sage was called sage was something to do with wisdom. You know: sagacity, sagesse to the French, the wise old sage, Sage the Owl in The Herbs(1). As it turns out, mildly disappointingly, wisdom (or rather, the lack of it) is about the only thing it can’t cure. Cuts [...]

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