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Getting to know you

Getting to know you

This is the first year I’ve grown turnips. At first glance they seem rather unglamorous. But I’ve been making an effort to get to know them. That’s still an ongoing process but I’m very pleased with the initial results. The first attempt at a quick turnip pickle was a bit ...
Perennial Vegetables

Perennial Vegetables

As I looked around the garden recently I became aware of how dependent I am on vegetables that come back year after year. Rhubarb has magically sprung up over the last month or so with its huge scalloped leaves creating a dramatic edge to the main vegetable garden. It’s  accompanied ...
Sowing parsnips and carrots

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

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

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 ...
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