Category Archives: Vegetables

Wordless Wednesday – Wild Hybrid Creation

I love it when this happens … Tragopogon pratensis (Goat’s-Beard) x Tragopogon porrifolius (Salsify) -> T. x mirabilis + Mixed in a field = > The Tragopogon x mirabilis hybrid is fairly rare in southern England and is not generally … Continue reading

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Choosing Chillies – A Russian Roulette

I’ve been sowing chilli seeds this week and inevitably dreaming of long, sunny days and fresh food, picked straight from the garden. I have to admit that although I grow chillies every year, I am a bit of a wimp … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday – Beans

I’ve been picking drying beans for the last few days and shucking them to store as they get nice and crunchy. It’s a therapeutic task for a while, but then gets tedious, so I do them in batches. I love … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday – A Pistou Soup

The whole house smells of basil just now. It’s the pungent odour you get from the leaves of the tougher plants grown, and weathered, outside. It is a wonderful aroma, but it is making me so hungry. I picked the … Continue reading

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Bringing the (unusual) harvest home

What a strange year it has been in the vegetable garden. I’ve been harvesting crops fairly steadily all summer, but not what I expected. I had to change things around to adapt to  challenging conditions. The vegetables have had to … Continue reading

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Tomatillos: A successful seed-swap experiment

“Tomatillos are like a gift. Tart green fruit … wrapped in a crinkly husk. Peel the wrapping away and you’re left with a world of possibility.” – http://www.thekitchn.com Back at the end of January, at a local allotment seed-swap event, … Continue reading

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I’ve grown courgettes … marrows

We’ve been away and I am sure that I am not alone in that the first thing that I do on returning is to run around house making sure that all the indoor plants have survived, giving any drooping specimens … Continue reading

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