Taking risks, rhubarb recipes and yellow rattle

‘Plant out when all danger of frost has passed’ Aaaarghh….so when exactly is that? It’s the ultimate ‘read the small print’ cop out isn’t it? You need to have a few years of veg growing under your belt before you know to resist the siren call of a few warm days lulling you into in a false sense that summer is arriving early. And some early veg will take a light frost without any lasting damage; lettuce, radish, carrots, young sprout and cabbage plants will all pull through. But courgettes, squashes and runner beans are all ‘warm season’ plants...

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Dark arts, edible flowers and moorhens

This is the last of our Wednesday DigYourOwnaForCorona posts. We’ve 100% loved sharing the setting up of a veg garden with you and hope you’ll be hooked on the delicious taste of home-grown food this summer. It’s not quite the end though, as you’ll see at the bottom. We really hope you’ll stay with us – we’ve still got a lot of veg love to share. So, we’ve all had to hunker down for a few days, while what the weather men describe as a ‘cold plunge’ sweeps across the UK (also a feature of hot-tub parties according to...

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Spuds, squalls and squirrels

It’s May and our hedges are full of blossom and hopefully your veg patches are burgeoning too. How are your spuds coming on? Through the ground yet? Maybe you had good intentions but didn’t get round to planting any …..but it’s not too late if you pick the right variety. ‘Second earlies’ like the lovely waxy salad potato, Charlotte, will still crop well this summer if planted now, and because the soil is so much warmer you can cut out the chitting stage. A ‘main crop’ like King Edward (still the best for roast, chipped and jacket potato) planted...

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Reaping some early rewards #DigYourOwnaForCorona

If you, like so many others, planted veg for the first time this year, how is it coming on? If you were quick out of the blocks with your own DigYourOwnaForCorona campaign you may well be reaping some early rewards; we ate our first home grown lettuce, rocket and radish this weekend. Radish, like tomato, is one of those salad crops whose taste is almost unrecognisably better when picked fresh from the garden. But they only have a short window of this peppery succulence before they become woody, so keep sowing fresh batches every two weeks, then you’ll always...

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