Ulluco growers take note

Ulluco growers take note

Incredible Vegetables have passed on some new biosecurity guidelines from DEFRA for people who grow Ulluco (Ullucus tuberosus). Ulluco is an increasingly popular (if tricky to grow), colourful Andean tuber. Because it is not widely commercially available, there is...
Gardening offers: 13/10/17

Gardening offers: 13/10/17

‘Tis the season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and autumn planting. There’s lots of lovely gardening offers on over this weekend, which you may want to take advantage of if you you need new plants for the garden. Lubera are offering 20% off their fast growing fruits –...
How to Eat: Tomatillos

How to Eat: Tomatillos

I first tried to grow tomatillos (Physalis philadelphica) in 2011. I don’t remember much about it, to be honest, but obviously I got some fruit, because I took some photos of it! Equally obviously, a lot of the fruits were left on the plants and rotted away to almost...
Mr. Fothergill’s new varieties

Mr. Fothergill’s new varieties

Mr. Fothergill’s have asked me to trial their new and exclusive seed varieties next year, and the packets have just arrived. In terms of edibles, they are Carrot ‘Speedo F1’, Pepper ‘(Hot) Curry Pepper’ and Calendula ‘Orange Flash’. Ryan really loves carrots, and so...
Cheap meat

Cheap meat

The surprising thing about the new chicken industry scandal is that anyone is surprised. In its quest to feed people as cheaply as possible, industrial farming has cut profit margins to the bone, providing plenty of motivation for cost-cutting measures, even those...
Conkers and spiders and wonderful trees

Conkers and spiders and wonderful trees

The morning after last week’s storms, our morning walk was littered with ‘conkers’, the large and shiny seeds of the Horse Chesnut (Aesculus hippocastanum). Ryan started picking some of the nicer ones up. “The people at work”, he said, “have been discussing whether or...

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