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Why Growing Your Own Vegetables is Worth It

The squirrels and I are at war and so far the squirrels are winning. I plant the seeds, they dig them up and either eat them or carry them off somewhere else in the garden and bury them. My role is to curse them and to patch up the mess they’ve caused and to wonder […]

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beetroot and chard leaves in a bowl

Tales from the Vegetable Patch: Part 4 – The First Harvest

There was great excitement and jubilation in the kitchen last week as I harvested my first crop of leaves from the vegetable garden.  My war against the slugs and snails appears to have paid off and we feasted on a selection of chard and beetroot leaves for dinner. Beetroot and chard leaves are rich in […]

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young beetroot leaves up close

Tales from the Vegetable Patch: Part 3 – Life and Death

Tales of life and death from the vegetable patch this month.  And rain.  Lots of it! Back in May, I finally got round to planting seeds for kale, spring onions, beetroot, chard, pak choi and lettuce a month behind schedule. The first seedlings to appear were the pak choi – just four days after sowing!  […]

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seed labels for beetroot and chard in vegetable garden soil

Tales from the Vegetable Patch: Part 2 – Sowing Seeds

Back in April, in Part 1 of Tales from the Vegetable Patch, I wrote of my intention to prepare the vegetable patch and plant seeds before the end of April. Well, it turns out the famous saying by John Lennon: ‘Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans’ is true. Not […]

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