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Gardening

Melt-in-the-mouth lettuce a real find

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 — 13:13

THE recent salad shortage underlined not only the value of domestic farming but more especially gardening.

Lessons learned from ‘reap what you sow’

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 — 11:11

A CHAP amused me at the pub on Sunday, producing a wrinkled Christmas cracker saying, which he had been carrying around, hoping to bump into me.

Surprising success of ugly vegetable

Monday, April 3, 2017 — 13:13

AN UGLY-LOOKING Kiwi customer has proved to be a surprise Thompson & Morgan best seller.

Potato planting is the start of spring

Friday, March 31, 2017 — 14:14

PLANTING seed potatoes is always an exciting precursor to the start of spring — and this year the soil has warmed enough to encourage me to pop them in the ground earlier than that uplifting time when the clocks leap forward.

Sweet success with citrus

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 — 13:13

GARDENING
WORLD-renowned gardener Beth Chatto may be 94 this year but it was in her prime when starting on the journey to create her magnificent garden that she learned what now seems a blindingly obvious maxim: Right plant, right place.

Growing mystery of heritage beans

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 — 13:13

GARDENING
THIS is a tale of a has bean and a has not bean.
For two years, I have gratefully received packets marked ‘Brighstone bean’ and have merrily sold them to raise a few pounds for the Send a Cow charity.

Quest to grow the biggest, the tallest … and weirdest

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 — 13:13

GARDENING
ASIDE from the world of cultivating and pre-paring perfect exhibition vegetables for the showbench is growing things just for a bit of a laugh.

The mystery of poor leek crop

Friday, March 3, 2017 — 13:13

GARDENING
BREAD hunks and cheese, crisps and beer, and leeks and potatoes in a creamy soup — some simple combos are just meant to be.

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