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Sowing parsnips and carrots

Carrots and parsnips are the only veg I sow direct into the ground. They don’t like having their roots disturbed whereas other seeds can be multi sown and then planted out when they’re bigger giving them a better chance against the birds and slugs. Always sow parsnip from fresh seed. ...

Kale and Coconut Soup

Most of the year I wonder why on earth I grow Kale. It becomes infested with whitefly and aphids in the late summer after it’s been planted out rendering it pretty much inedible – I’ve tried soaking it and scrubbing it but to no avail. So there it sits, for ...

Pumpkin and Herb Quinoa

I had a quarter of the last Uchiki Kuri pumpkin/onion squash left so I decided to roast it in chunks with a little olive oil rubbed into the skin. I then cooked about a cup of quinoa. Rinse it first as it has natural saponins or soapy residue that cover ...

Spring Clean

What a fantastic day! Blue skies. Quiet neighbours. Time to spread compost made this winter on the vegetable beds and remake the heap for more. Also a brilliant opportunity to tidy up. The self sown forget-me-nots have not flowered yet – perfect time to hoe them out and include them ...

Sowing seed

February always surprises me – it’s technically still winter but light levels have increased a lot since the winter solstice. Sunrise is at 7 am and and it doesn’t get dark until five in the afternoon. And the temperatures at the moment are double the average – up to 16 ...
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