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Thugs in the garden

Thugs in the garden

Acanthus mollis, daylilies and Japanese anemones are the main culprits. This week, with my friend Alex doing most of the work, we’ve been pulling out the Acanthus or Bear’s Breeches which have smothered other plants. The day lilies have similar thuggish tendencies. Both plants have overwhelmed some lovely airy stands ...
Sourdough – the path to enlightenment

Sourdough – the path to enlightenment

A sourdough loaf used to be a luxury that I paid three or four quid for and to be quite frank I couldn’t quite see what all the fuss was about. But during lockdown I, along with a large number of friends, have been converted to the wonders and delights ...
Full Circle

Full Circle

This week – a tale of serendipity. I ran out of my favourite Borlotti bean seed. Then I remembered my friend Di, who took over my allotment when I left Trowse, grows them every year from seed I gave her. So I asked her to return the favour. Nearly all ...

Black Lives Matter

Remember the story about my Dad and how I’d bought an orange tree in memory of him. What I omitted to tell you was his work and consequently our lives were very much bound up with colonialism and the exploitation of people – black people. Dad was working class grammar ...
Garlic disaster

Garlic disaster

UPDATE: It turns out it may be isn’t my fault after all – a professional grower friend tells me that my garlic have, most probably, white onion rot. It’s stays in the soil for up to 20 years… ================================= I’m so disappointed with myself. I should have harvested my garlic ...
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