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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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rusty garden pitchfork on wooden post

Tales from the Vegetable Patch: Part 1 – Planning and Preparation

I love growing my own veg but things have got off to a slow start this year. To be honest, they’ve hardly got off to a start at all. I’ve got as far as weeding the vegetable garden, and rescuing it from an infestation of bindweed roots, and buying several bags of multi-purpose compost. After […]

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