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Mint for winter

Mint for winterYes, its starting to be that time of year again, when thoughts turn to the next season. Whilst there are many things more productive to do I always think its worth while to try and maintain a little fresh mint. The smell is reminiscent of summer and always adds a little extra to a three [...]

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Apples

ApplesI’ve recently been asked what eating apple should I grow? At first sound it seems a pretty straight forward question to answer, but appearances can be deceptive for what one persons likes another does not, but even more to the point no two sets of growing conditions will ever be the same. As an organic [...]

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Parsley – a winter must

You are probably too late to consider sowing from seed now, but if you want to try, soak the seed first in warm water then pour boiling water over the seed trench in which you later place the seed. The idea is to use the warmth to break dormancy and promote germination, so a covering [...]

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September gardening

September is definitely the start of autumn but it can seem more like the summer at times. As usual there is plenty to do in the garden. Where the summer flowers have faded you can pull up the annuals or deadhead them, there may still be a bit more flower power in them. As usual, [...]

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Pencil thin rhubarb

That was the question, but more to the point what was the answer to solve this particular question? Was it one of these propositions, or all of them, or even indeed none of them. My first thought was lack of nourishment, for rhubarb is a greedy crop.  Yes, no attempt was made to feed it [...]

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