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Two ounces of caraway seed

The forecast was for rain this evening, so it seemed appropriate to collect the caraway seed, which has been drying on the plants in the recent hot, dry weather. Just as well I did collect it, as we have had … Continue reading

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The price of chard

At the weekend, I visited a friend who has guinea pigs. Thus, I saw a way of doing her a favour and relieving my garden of a vegetable which had grown so profusely over the last year that I really … Continue reading

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The gift that keeps on giving

Three years ago, I paid £8 for a bag of Jerusalem artichoke tubers. While the price didn’t make me choke, it was considerably more than I have ever paid for any other ‘seeds’.  I always felt that, being perennial, as … Continue reading

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Chives, tomatoes and three sisters

Over the last few months, one or other of the indoor tomato plants has delivered a fruit. Not quite as small as the one today – but now that the days are longer and warmer, production has improved! Outside, the … Continue reading

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Self-sufficiency

At the weekend, I picked nettles and got straight down to making nettle cordial. Now this evening I bottled it up, even though the recipe said to leave the mix to rest for a week. Basically, I thought the syrup … Continue reading

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Gardening starts in earnest for 2013

Today, we made it to one of my favourite garden centres for some seeds. I had hoped to obtain okra as well as aubergine but I think I will need to try somewhere a little more specialist for the former. … Continue reading

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