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Squashed In

Squashed In

I’m growing winter squash on top of one of the compost heaps. The two Crown Prince plants seem to love the protected, sunny site with unlimited access to rich nutrients. I’m growing my other smaller squash (Hokkaido) up a trellis –  also an experiment. Two failed but there are six ...
The Big Hotbin Reveal

The Big Hotbin Reveal

I’m super excited to share the video we made of emptying the Hotbin for the first time. Sarah, Mum’s gardener and her friend and volunteer, Ros, helped me film it and empty it! The beautiful rich compost is being used as a mulch for the tomatoes. ...
Weeding

Weeding

Weeding is as important as a drop of rain. That’s what an old Norfolk boy, Pinky, told me when I got my first allotment fifteen years ago. Today Alex and I weeded the white kale and red cabbage – interplanted with carrots and beetroot. We also hoed the other beds. ...
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 ...
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