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Red Cabbage, Apple and Walnut Salad

Finely slice half a red cabbage. Rub in a tablespoon of umeboshi vinegar (or a little salt). Chop an eating apple. Roast/toast and then chop a handful of walnut halves. Add them to the red cabbage with a tablespoon of raisins. Makes enough for two for lunch! ...

That Compost Glow

There’s nothing like homemade compost to make plants glow and grow! It’s the foundation for nutrient rich fruit and vegetables. An inch or so spread on all the beds once a year is like waving a magic wand. Hey presto! Sweet orange carrots; deep vibrant green, purple and white cabbage, ...

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

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

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 ...
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