Category Archives: In the kitchen

Self-seeded cherry tomatoes

Last year was awful for blight on my tomatoes and I was lazy about clearing up the fallen fruit. What I hadn’t expected was for these to grow into new plants this summer. They took their time about it, not … Continue reading

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Giving in for five-a-day

Over the holidays, we were talking about making improvements to our diet. One of the areas to work on is by increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat. It would be wonderful if the garden could produce enough … Continue reading

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Crab apples: a success

I think my crab apple tree may produce biennially, as last year there were very few fruit and they all appeared to be badly eaten by something or other. On the other hand, this year, my four-year-old John Downie has … Continue reading

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Curd: a tale of many plusses

Very close to us there are blackberries enough to feed both man and beast quite substantially. With the fruit ripening earlier this year (because of the hot weather), I therefore decided to try out a recipe in order to use … Continue reading

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Who doesn’t like to party?

This weekend gone, we were at Old Sleningford Farm for a magnificent party. I didn’t manage to speak to all of the 100 or so guests but every conversation was worth having. I also got some dancing in! Anyway, during … Continue reading

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Nutrition and ground cover

I had originally been going to write a post about the colour red, having seen the beautiful blooms on my rose this year. Last year, there were hardly any flowers, so it was a little disappointing. There are also the … Continue reading

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Rhubarb in curry and a new pot

My take-home this time after a weekend with my parents was an exceedingly large pot for the garden. There isn’t currently a proper resting place for it, so it’s had to go next to the newest apple tree but I … Continue reading

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