Jan 10
2012

High winds

It’s often windy up here in Yorkshire, but one night the blustering in our attic bedroom gets so bad it’s impossible to sleep.

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Nov 25
2011

Of gnomes and names

November is an uninspiring time for gardeners. Days are indecently short, and the grunt work of weeding and digging isn’t balanced by the usual joy of planting.

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Oct 21
2011

A Right Pickle

The pickling season is upon us. Gluts must be faced and the idea that vegetables can’t be kept for longer than a week abandoned. What can’t be endured must be cured.

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Sep 23
2011

Harvest

It’s official: today is the first day of autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, as Keats called it in Sept 1819.

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Aug 26
2011

Big Spud

I thought that owning an allotment would make me immune from vegetable gifts.

I have had to think again.

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