Monthly Archives: July 2013

Festuca ‘Elijiah Blue’

Welcome the latest addition to my non-vegetable collection: a blue grass which I acquired at the RHS flower show at Tatton Park yesterday. I hadn’t gone to the show with a particular objective, apart from browsing for ideas. However, I … Continue reading

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Reshuffling the brassicas

Last night, I decided to harvest the rest of the garlic. I had already dug some up and been disappointed by the results. Now, I was now impatient to make some changes to the garden. Another job already done was … Continue reading

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Belsay Hall and Gardens

Quarry Gardens at Belsay Hall must be the most awe-inspiring gardens I have seen this year!!! Continue reading

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Big beans (φασολια γιγαντες)

When I lived in Greece, one of my favourite dishes was with butter beans in a rich tomato sauce. I have never been able to replicate the exact same in my own kitchen, but by trial and error I have … Continue reading

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The heat is on!

At a guess, it must have been at least 30°C this afternoon and the vegetables have been romping away. Below are the broad beans, which have developed phenomenally over the last few days. I hadn’t expected to be able to … Continue reading

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Japanese maple (Acer)

Yesterday evening, I got a lovely surprise: I went round to friends’ for a Ramadan breakfast and was presented with the Japanese maple in the picture below. At the moment, it needs to be in a pot to build up … Continue reading

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How much water does a compost heap need?

The question in the title is rhetorical! I realise it would be impossible to answer, there would be so many conditions and caveats. Suffice to say, my compost heap is very thirsty. After a week of blazing sun and temperatures … Continue reading

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