Category Archives: Gardening

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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Indian summer, Italian food

Unbelievable weather in Kent over the past few days.   My San Marzano and Principe Borghese tomatoes which I rashly decided to try growing outdoors this year, have been putting on a great ripening spurt.    The Principe Borghese are … Continue reading

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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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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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Sunflowers and structure

  The broad beans and peas are beginning to give a bit of structure to the garden but I decided that it needed a bit more height and few more focal points to I bought a couple of very cheap … Continue reading

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Leeks all over the place

I love leeks.  They’re definitely one of my Desert Island vegetables.   Sad to say, I have actually spent rather more time than I ought actually thinking about what vegetables I couldn’t live without, and leeks are definitely up there. … Continue reading

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Planting plan

It was the beginning of April and the garden was all ready for planting but there was a problem.   In just under two weeks I was going to take the kids off on Easter holiday.   There was my … Continue reading

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Planting the first seeds

Most of the time I think that something growing in the garden that you can’t eat is a waste of space, so it’s rather ironic that the first seeds I planted weren’t for vegetables or herbs but flowers: sweet peas. … Continue reading

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Structure nearly complete

I wanted to have little box hedges around the beds but Sue who was helping me with doing the heavy work of the build, suggested that having raised beds inside the box hedges might make it simpler to get at … Continue reading

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The demolition team moves in

After a lot of wasted graph paper I decided to go for a simple design for the garden.    I set aside the central section of the garden 13m long for the vegetables, the bottom of the garden will have … Continue reading

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