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Winter preserves

Winter preserves

Some of my first memories are apple picking in a house we rented for a couple of years in Surrey. Dad would shin up a very long ladder and pass them down. Mum would make stewed apple and keep it in kilner jars. I loved it for breakfast. Or with ...
Ready for Winter

Ready for Winter

Alex came today. We put fleece over the landcress, pak choi, mustards and Chinese cabbage. I use the 35g one which is slightly thicker than the usual horticultural fleece – it seems to keep the frost at bay. Things won’t grow that much over winter but they’ll really put on ...
A Wild Autumn

A Wild Autumn

It’s been a wild, wild month in more ways than one! Today, Alex who helps me in the veg garden, saw a newt in a plant saucer full of rain water. We think it’s a common or smooth newt. And last week on Wednesday, my singing and gardening friends, Steve ...
New Secateurs

New Secateurs

I’ve received my new tools and ikebana equipment; a birthday present to myself! They’re all from a Japanese company called Niwaki. My friend Alison, who’s lived in Japan for thirty years, points out that the two Chinese characters that make up the name Niwaki mean garden and tree, so it’s ...
Make Your Own Seed Compost

Make Your Own Seed Compost

I used to laboriously sieve my home made compost to make it really fine for sowing seeds in modules. It took ages and I’ve discovered that it’s a complete waste of time! Seedlings love a bit of rough to get their tiny roots into. So now I use a mushroom ...
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