Green Tomato Chutney
By     |    Dec 8, 2012
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Green Tomato Chutney

I am very pleased to share this post today. I have been so scared about making preserves but when I brought in a kilo of green tomatoes after tidying the garden I just knew I had to find a good use for them. To be honest I had heard about green tomato chutney but never actually tasted it. But I thought it was probably worth a gamble so I gave [...]

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Surprise Success Mandarins
By     |    Nov 26, 2012
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Surprise Success Mandarins

Despite all my moaning last week about all the disappointing crops this year there was one true success story- the three little mandarin seeds I planted from my Italian’s friend’s family. Can you believe that in such a terrible summer I managed to cultivate three healthy mandarin saplings? Their glossy leaves really make me smile. I kept them on the windowsill all summer and had to transplant them all to [...]

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End of the Season
By     |    Nov 18, 2012
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End of the Season

I have been putting this day off for too long. Partly because it is not the most pleasant job of the season but mostly because it makes me sad to see the garden come to a close. Nonetheless it had to be done, just look at the state of all those withered plants! This year the weather was truly unpredictable, changeable and overall underwhelming. The garden suffered hugely as a [...]

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Cucumber Crops
By     |    Sep 25, 2012
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Cucumber Crops

I am so pleased to say that our cucumbers are cropping happily. Look at this bounty of juicy and tasty cucumbers we picked today. We have been getting about one a week for a couple of weeks now. Happy days! Emma

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French Beans
By     |    Sep 19, 2012
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French Beans

The French beans have not been a patch on last year’s success. But we have been getting a bit of a crop nonetheless. I really enjoy boiling or steaming them and eating whole with a little bit of butter and just a sprinkling of garlic. Mmmm, tasty! Emma

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Courgette Flowers
By     |    Aug 18, 2012
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Courgette Flowers

Look at the fantastic flowers we have gotten on our courgette plant. The weather has warmed a little, enough to encourage the courgette. Now all we need is some friendly bees to come along and pollinate those beautiful flowers so we can eat some tasty courgettes soon. Fingers crossed for them Emma

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One Ripe Bell Pepper
By     |    Aug 11, 2012
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One Ripe Bell Pepper

This one pepper has been looking quite ripe for a while now. I have been unsure how long to leave it on the plant once it has taken its full colour. Do peppers increase in size after getting their colour? In the end I left it a couple of weeks looking like this before finally succumbing, cutting it off and serving it in a salad. Tasty! Emma

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Small Tomato Crop
By     |    Aug 8, 2012
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Small Tomato Crop

The tomatoes are beginning to crop. Although it is still not exactly a glut I am pleased to see that we are getting a small crop of each of the varieties now. The San Marzano cook really well and the Gardener’s Delight are excellent in salads. In truth, I am not totally convinced by the taste or texture of the Latah just yet. Perhaps I just need to get used [...]

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One Ripe Tomato
By     |    Jul 22, 2012
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One Ripe Tomato

Now, I don’t want to get over excited here, but the sun has finally come out! It is amazing how even one or two warm days can turn things around in the garden and already I can see the progress. The beans have re-awoken and are starting to climb. A second courgette seed has finally sprouted (is it a bit optimistic to still hope for a crop this late?). All [...]

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Potato Invaders
By     |    Jul 12, 2012
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Potato Invaders

Last Autumn we tried our hand at growing some potatoes. The experiment was not a total disaster but ultimately we decided that it was not worth repeating (the return on paid for seed potatoes was low and the flavour was no better than from the shop). So we returned the soil to our bags of compost when we were done after carefully picking out all the last remains of potato… [...]

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