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Broad beans

Speed plating

The weather we’ve had here has brought on a very un-British jumping of queues and uncontrolled excess in the vegetable and fruit …

Longing for a linger

June has passed, and I don’t feel like I’ve spent any time in the garden. Certainly no pottering, no lingering… Just mad umbrella …

Hey Pesto! and other speedy treats

There is nothing better than vegetables just picked, nimbly prepared, and eaten straight away. The flavours are at their peak, the form and …

Combat Planting & knowing your onions

With more and more people trying grow-your-own in small gardens, there’s quite a bit of interest these days in  ‘Companion Planting’. Where most veg need …

Easy peasy: the joy of direct sowing

I am really loving direct-sowing seeds in the raised beds. All of the hard work (not to mention, cost!) of last year (filling the beds with quality …

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 …

Luck be a Ladybird

Visiting mum’s vegetable garden to pick some broad beans, and how lucky was I to spot this colour co-ordinated ladybird larva and …