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About thegreedygardener

The Greedy Gardener is a seasonal food diary of a fruit and vegetable garden in Kent, the garden of England. I can't be self-sufficient but I'm trying to see how much of the food I eat can be measured in food metres rather than food miles.

In praise of salsify and sunshine

After a month in which I was beginning to think that I might never get out into the garden again, let alone do any gardening, and that the only option was to build an ark, the sun is finally out. … Continue reading

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Spring at last

A very brief post with no recipes because I’ve been snowed under at work.  But so excited that things are starting to grow again.    Purple sprouting broccoli delicious – had some in a risotto last night, and the rhubarb … Continue reading

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Brussel Sprout soup

I was possibly over enthusiastic when I planted out 12 brussel sprout plants last year.   I love sprouts, but each stalk has a surprisingly large number of sprouts on it, so I’ve still got a lot left.  I have … Continue reading

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First harvest of 2012

As soon as I saw the first signs of purple on my Purple Sprouting Broccoli earlier in the week I knew that I wouldn’t be able to resist harvesting it for long.  I should probably call myself The Impatient Gardener. … Continue reading

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A Happy New Gardening Year

It’s January the 6th, Christmas is over, the decorations are down and all that’s left is to hoover up the pine needles – which I’ll probably still be finding under the sofa for months.     Normally this is the … Continue reading

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Banana, Apple, Almond and Polenta cake

So this is the cake I made to stop the kids from eating the Christmas cake before it even cooled enough to come out of the tin.    They wanted banana bread and I wanted to make an almond and … Continue reading

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Very Easy Christmas Cake

Stir up Sunday came and went at the end of November, I thought about making a Christmas cake, but I couldn’t really face it.    In the past when I’ve made a proper dried fruit Christmas cake my daughter has … Continue reading

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The trouble with brussel sprouts

I’m a big fan of the brussel sprout, but in the last few weeks my love of them has been sorely tested.    When I planted them back in the spring they grew magnificently and healthily.   I staked them … Continue reading

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Squash, leek and marscapone risotto

I’ve been slightly frazzled today, although my father, who was a farmer all his working life, would laugh at the idea that sitting in front of a computer for ten hours could be tiring.  I’ve been wrestling with writing something … Continue reading

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Pickling spices, cucumbers and nostalgia

As a small child I spent many weekends staying with my grandmother and some of my earliest memories are helping her to bottle fruit and vegetables at the end of the summer, ready for the winter.   The shelves of … Continue reading

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