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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 ...
Spring Clean

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

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 ...
A friend visits

A friend visits

I’ve just had a lovely hour walking round the veg garden with my friend, Sue Roe. She’s a great gardener – in fact quite an illustrious one – with a pedigree as long as your arm. The thing is she’s so enthusiastic and kind –  her visit was really motivating ...
A New No Dig Bed

A New No Dig Bed

We had a very productive day on Saturday making a new “no dig” bed with old flattened out bike boxes covered with an inch or two (up to 5cm) very rough homemade compost. It’s where the old asparagus bed was and the ground has been “rested” for about 3 years. ...
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