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Author archives: David

All crumbled out!

When it comes to the abundance of rhubarb I have sourced from my inherited veg plot in the past, I have not been very imaginative. It gets stewed for hours until it resembles a str[...]

One man went to sow

“Wildflower meadow”. Can there be two more enticing words in the English language? They conjure up images of turning your lawn into a flowery paradise, buzzing with bees and other [...]

Grow yourself healthy!

1. Load up on lycopene The antioxidant properties of lycopene may protect our immune cells from destructive free radicals, molecules that can harm cells and damage DNA. The best[...]

I’m gonna be (500 miles)

Today, in effect, I moved 80 square feet of my garden to Bordeaux. How wonderful is that? Plentiful sun-ripened tomatoes, succulent melons and armfuls of fresh basil are now within[...]

Feelin’ hot hot hot!

 I fell in love with chillies while working on an avocado orchard in New Zealand back in 2007. I was living in a hut out in the bush and WWOOFing during our customary winter break [...]

To dig, or not to dig? Part 1

“Yippee” I thought, as the dark, freshly-turned folds of fenland soil presented themselves to me the first time I clapped eyes on my allotment just under two years ago. At first gl[...]

Hello Iris

  What a difference a fortnight can make! When I wrote about my hyacinths two weeks ago, they were a glimmer of indoor hope as I battened down the hatches for yet another d[...]

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