Category Archives: Gardening

Decision: rotten not pungent

After I built a mini hugelbed by the backdoor I planted the wild garlic I’d dug up from its original bed. In the interim, it had been in a pot which became waterlogged and there was a veritable stench. As … Continue reading

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Soapwort and tulips

I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the tulips in the front garden to open. We’re not completely there yet but there is more purple, my favourite colour, than there was yesterday. Somewhat hidden amongst the greenery is a recent … Continue reading

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Marjoram or oregano

On Sunday, one of our jobs at Old Sleningford Farm was clearing some of the raised beds for this year’s plants. It was then that Rachel, who runs the farm, offered me the following herb: It may be marjoram or … Continue reading

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Rhubarb and toxicity

Following a discussion on another blog, I decided to look into the toxicity of rhubarb. The upshot was that the stalks not only have less oxalic acid that some other foodstuffs by weight but most people probably get far more … Continue reading

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Itching to get in

This morning, it was chilly in a nice way, the kind of early cool with the promise of a warm day to come. Perfect for the jobs I had planned in the garden. Although the wind was a bit stronger … Continue reading

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A burst of blue

Okay, I exaggerate slightly but the glory-of-the-snow and anemones were a delight to my eyes this evening. Especially as it is the end of term and I was held up in traffic after a lorry was engulfed in flames on … Continue reading

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The unexpected vs. the unwanted

As I prepared to do some work in the front garden for a change, I noticed worms in the bottom of the pond. Or perhaps they are not worms but something else that likes to inhabit fresh water. My initial … Continue reading

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