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Or Yaybarb Boobarb, as Tim would have me title this. Why the "Yay"? Because Mr Rhubarb's finally up and running. Huzzah! Here I am, celebrating in the traditional style, with a rhubarb umbrella. You can see his friends in the bed behind me, happily growing away under the watchful eye... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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I'm the worst bloggerer in the world. I've abandoned you all. For months. Work, honeymoon, account disabled. Also... I've been writing a book. A gardening book, ironically. All of my words have gone into a first draft instead of this little piece of the internet. Let's gloss over the whole... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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At the very end of October (Friday the 31st, to be precise) I cleared the last of the summer's tomato plants, turned over the soil, added fertiliser, and planted out... my first ever 'overwintering' onions, shallots, and garlic. This is both thrilling and worrying in equal measures. The idea of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Yes. The joy, I tell you. Just look at my new compost bin... Yes, it's pink. Yes, it's disguised as a beehive. Stop judging me. It's fabulous. And useful. I've been wanting to start this whole 'composting' malarky for a while now. One: you get to feel outrageously smug. Recycling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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He's Marrowed himself! But never fear. He's going into a oven in a tray of roasted veg. True fact: you can't keep a good courgette down. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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You see this lovely healthy cauliflower here? It's not mine. This is mine. Oh god... the cauliflower shame! As you can see, it's well and truly buggered. Not only did I stress it out by digging it up in spring. Not only did I forget to water it. Not only... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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That's right, you lucky badgers. Not one, but TWO beetroot recipes for your tastebuds this Monday evening. I'm really getting into 'nose to tail' vegetable eating. It's growing them that's done it. When you've gone to the trouble of tending to a plant for quarter of a year, it deserves... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Last weekend the sun came out, the birds sang a little heartier than usual, and Tim and I got married. In a field in Dorset. I shall tell you all about it in a future post (it was wonderful), but today I'm turning my attention to our one-day honeymoon, for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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It's that time of year. You can feel it in the air. The days are getting shorter, leaves a little browner, and crops are coming to an end. Yes... even the little yellow courgettes. But that doesn't mean that dinners in the garden have to end. Grab an extra jumper,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Look at this lovely bowl of carroty tastiness. I whipped this up at the weekend, as part of a Sunday tapas spread in the garden. It's the sort of dish that looks and tastes all trendy and delicious, but only takes 10 minutes. Basically, this is something to impress your... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Behold Tim. Accidental destroyer of courgette plants. Scourge of the Cucurbita Family. Seen here perfectly demonstrating the perils of courgette harvesting. Knives are sharp kids. And, unless my biology GCSE has failed me, plants need leaves. Be careful out there, courgette pickers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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And lo, Tomatogedden cast its fruity fury o'er the tiny garden in Shepherd's Bush. I've really done it this time. We completely underestimated the size and scale of our tomato crop. Three little plants in the raised bed, and one in a hanging basket. How did it come to this...?... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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It's courgette season in the garden, and, coincidentally, courgette flower season too. But what to do with them all? Well the title of this post's rather given the game away. Fry them. That's what. A few weeks ago I went Tuscany, and I learnt how to make fried courgette flowers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Potato hunting. Potato finding. We didn't even plant potatoes! One of last year's potatoes hid, waited over winter, then made himself a cheeky plant in the middle of the broad beans. They were buried pretty deep. In fact, there's a high chance we missed some. Perhaps we'll have another clandestine... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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It's true. I'm officially NOT fudging up the flowers at the moment. But it's not all good news. Because with all these cut flowers on my hands, I've also become a mental, vaguely 1940s WI version of myself. Roses and Sweet Peas grow more the more you pick them (or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Look at him! He's like a wonky little freak crab. Yes. Today I harvested the first of my carrots and beetroot. Tests, really, to see what they're up to in that raised bed of theirs. The beetroot's lovely. All round and sweet and teacher's pet-y. I'm just going to leave... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Weddings. I'm not the girliest girl in the world, so faced with my own nuptials I've been taken a bit by surprise. I never spent hours planning my perfect imaginary dress. The perfect ceremony. The perfect canapé selection for 110 guests. In fact, I wasn't even sure I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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These two strawberries here? Don't let them fool you. Sure, they look perfect. Yes, they taste outlandishly sweet and fresh. And mais oui, though small (about the size of a 10p piece and 5p piece respectively) they're pretty spot on examples of their strawberry breed. That's not the problem. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Look at these. Tiny little Borage flowers frozen into ice cubes. A whole tray of them. Genius. My mum's genius, in fact. She's a cold drink renegade. Look at them floating around in a glass of fizzy elderflower, below. They're the edible floral equivalent of George Michael in a WHAM... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Proper, genuine, run into the flat and tell Tim joy. I haven't fudged up the sweet peas! I got home from work, looked out of the window, and there they were. Exhausted commuting fury gone. They're just so beautiful. We were rushing to drive home to Dorset, so I cut... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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Ah, the never ending showdown between me and the Nasturtium. It's my Vietnam. Only with a lot more Nasturtium leaves, and a lot less napalm. But what to do with them all? Last year, I discovered Nasturtium Pesto, which is friggin' delicious. But this year, the Nasturtium's been producing ungodly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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These sweet peas here? Yeah. They're not mine. I found them on the Google. Last year I attempted to grow sweet peas and, would you believe it, completely ballsed it up. I planted them too late (from seed) then went on holiday and they fell over dead. I somehow managed... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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From top left, going clockwise... The Rose is under attack. First it was greenfly (standard), then it was caterpillars. For the greenfly, I used Tim's Concoction Of Death. Coffee, Tabasco, dried chillies, and freshly brewed tea, mixed together, and popped in a squirter. We used this all last year and... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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...vegetables. And some fruit. And a few edible flowers for luck. Year two. Let's do this, Nature. Before planting, I cleared, weeded, and turned over the soil in the raised bed. Sprinkled fertiliser all over and worked it in. Watered, raked, and generally treated it like a spoilt princess. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?
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A balls up, I tell you. Way back in November, I thought that it would be a good idea to plant some winter vegetables. Make use of the raised bed, and see if I could make it productive in the boring months. Well... I cocked that right up. "They haven't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2014 at How The Fudge Do You Garden?