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Growing bunching onions – Allium fistulosum

Growing bunching onions – Allium fistulosum

What are bunching onions? These onions are similar to a spring onion and are known as Welsh bunching or Japanese bunching onions. ‘Welsh’ apparently has nothing to do with Wales and is more common in Asian cuisine according to Wikipedia….

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Learning about biochar

Learning about biochar

As a gardener biochar is something I’ve heard about and wanted to experiment with for many years. What is it – why am I interested?

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Don’t waste those winter veggies

Don’t waste those winter veggies

At this time of year my garden doesn’t seem very productive and I can easily waste what little it has growing. That’s the worst kind of waste – growing something then not using it! The heads on the spouting broccoli…

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Growing microgreens on wool packaging

Growing microgreens on wool packaging

Microgreens are an easy way to grow salad leaves. They’re especially useful when salad plants aren’t growing well outside (both the middle of winter and summer can be tricky times) and for those who don’t have a vegetable garden. Microgreens…

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Growing multiplying onions

Growing multiplying onions

What are multiplying onions? These onions have various names – walking, tree, Egyptian, top set, multiplying. They grow from bulbs rather than seeds and a single bulb will multiply and grow 5-10 bulbs through the year. They can be harvested…

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Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium has to be one of the hardiest flowers I have growing. It self seeds, it’s a good ground cover, the bees love the flowers and the whole plant is edible. To me that’s a perfect plant.

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A week of eating ugly from the garden

A week of eating ugly from the garden

I have a massive veggie garden and people often look at it and assume we’re self-sufficient in vegetables but I buy an embarrassing amount. Last week I decided to be resourceful and only cook with vegetables from the garden.  I was inspired…

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Seed saving in the garden

Seed saving in the garden

The veggie garden looks dry and raggedy at this time of the year.  Well, apart from this week when we’ve had much needed rain.  So now it’s looking wet and raggedy.

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Boysenberry glut

Boysenberry glut

  My boysenberry Brulee plants have been in the ground since late 2014 and finally I’ve got some to eat.  Last year I only had a few tasty fruit, then I battled with caterpillars stripping the leaves so it wasn’t a great…

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Update on my rusty garlic

Update on my rusty garlic

In November I posted about rust on my garlic plants.  Since I grow enough garlic to last us the year the damage this rust was doing and the potential loss of the whole crop was causing me massive stress. I got some…

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