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Surplus veg, mushroom gratin and barn owls

I hope you’ve all had some successes in your veg plots this summer, especially those of you who are new to growing your own. But you may now have the rather pleasant conundrum of ‘what the heck do I do with all the surplus?’ Here are my suggestions: 1. Give it away to friends or…

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Spuds for Christmas, and the sex life of melons

Wow, Elaine has taken us for a wonderful canter through everything we should be picking, feeding and watering in our veg patches in July. So with the planting season transitioning to the harvesting season, well done to all of you who gave it a go for the first time this summer. As the season draws…

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Dressing salad, cucumber soup and blackbirds

Hurrah! we can invite friends and family around to the garden to have a barbecue and if you’ve been attentively caring your veg plot all over lockdown, or, as Elaine has been doing, growing salad crops in pots on the terrace, now is your chance to really show off. One of the joys of growing…

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Bees, battered courgette flowers and sparrow boxes

Things are really getting a shift on now, aren’t they? And some of your crops, such as courgettes, broad beans and tomatoes may be starting to flower, so you’ll be noticing many more bees and other insects homing in on your veg patch. You probably set out to grow food for yourself and your family,…

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Elderflower cordial, new potatoes and wild roses

Hurrah, garden centres are open! So now is the time to go and pick up a few veg plants to fill the gaps left by plants that a) didn’t germinate b) have been eaten by slugs, mice or pigeons c) got clobbered by a late frost d) you forgot to water and died or e)…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Vegetables growing, birds brooding #DigYourOwnaForCorona

Lordy, what would our ‘good days and bad days’ be like if this lockdown had been in October? Omni-bad, that’s what. As it is, loads of us have ‘things’ growing in gardens, pots or even old shopping bags so let’s see how they’re getting on. And a special Bravo! if you’re growing stuff for the…