Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pickled Cucumber salad

With unlimited appetite but only limited space I’ve been experimenting with growing some crops vertically.   I bought a very cheap arch from B&Q and planted the legs into the soil next to the fence.   The bench is made … Continue reading

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Things to do with a hill of beans

As I sit writing this, the final broad beans of the season are bubbling away in a pan on the hob.    The bed they were in was straggly and messy and I finally bowed to the inevitable and pulled … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

If you plant courgettes (or zucchini for the non-UK gardener) no matter how careful you are, no matter how assiduously you check underneath those large spiky leaves, sooner or later a courgette will, like the Incredible Hulk, change from a … Continue reading

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Quest for the perfect Mint Tea

I drink much too much coffee, very strong coffee and for the last two weeks I’ve been trying to cut down.   I went cold turkey for a week, and its astonishing how hard it is to fill the working … Continue reading

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Gluts and Gluttony

Every vegetable gardener or allotment owner knows about gluts.  In spite of your best attempts to plant successionally and sensibly, sometimes you just can’t avoid having a shed load of the same vegetable ready for eating at the same time. … Continue reading

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