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Victoria’s – a wasp’s delight !

Victoria’s – a wasp’s delight !Their colour is just starting to turn a gentle pinkish, the plums are swelling and branches are starting to take the strain. Did you thin out your crop? For by all accounts it could be a bumper year, or are you faced with the odd snapped branch. I have to admit to at least two, [...]

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Scrapes!

No, not what you clean from your wellies. Think more garlic growing, for these are the flowering shoots that divert growth from the developing clove. The quicker they are removed the better. Now for the really good news they are actually very tasty, and if you’ve been waiting for the new season cloves these give [...]

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Lankey toms, part 2

Lankey toms, part 2Having achieved some success with producing a low first truss, I have been tempted to see if I can produce 5 trusses before the plant reaches the greenhouse roof, without an explosion of growth that would not be out of place for a remake of the day of the Triffids. Aided by some comfrey sauce [...]

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May Bugs

May BugsThese are known by many names, billy witch and spang beetle to name but two.  They are related to scarab beetles. The proper name for them is Cockchafer (from the old English for big beetle) and big they most certainly are, but as adults they have a relatively short life span of about two months, [...]

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Gooseberry sorbet

Gooseberry sorbetTo enjoy gooseberries out of season I usually freeze them after a gentle simmer in a pan, with just a splash of water. This helps the berries collapse and allows just a small amount of sugar to be added to soften their sharpness. It also uses less space in the freezer, and using a soup [...]

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