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March 2016

Fruit planting: raspberry delay

I’ve left it a bit late to get my much-wanted fruit patch planted. I’ve bought a number of fruit bushes which are still …

Leek & Rhubarb Tango

My rhubarb, planted last year, is not anywhere near established enough to pick. In fact, I don’t think it likes where I’ve …

Quick, quick, sow

It is very tempting at this time of year to start sowing seed in a frenzy. It seems like everyone else is …

Manors maketh man

My daily commute, via the school run and sometimes via my parents, takes me on a couple of deeply familiar routes. This is …

Cloche and daggers

I’d really, really like some sort of glazed structure to start seeds off this early in spring, and to house tomatoes and …

Getting the sack

So far, I’m very pleased with these Marshalls potato sacks which I’m trying out this year. They are very sturdy and have strong handles so …

Last of the winter veg

As well as creating new beds, I’ve been maintaining and preparing the already established beds. There’s that tricky moment at this time …

Preparing the ground

We’ve had an incredible week of sunshine, and I’ve been taking every opportunity to get on with jobs around the garden, preparing …

Cider with Risotto

So, it’s a mid-week evening, we’re tired and hungry, and it’s time to forage the culinary wasteland that is my kitchen. Yes, it’s another …

How to grow a gardener

My love affair with allotments started when I (temporarily) went up in the world and bought a basement maisonette in a smart Georgian …