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Growing Celery in a Trench

Self- blanching celery does not need earthing up, but non-self- blanching celery is grown in a trench because it needs earthing up to make the stalks go white.   To grow the non-self-blanching celery: dig a trench one spade blade
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Winter Digging

The time to dig the garden has changed. Recently we have had wetter autumns. So the garden is often very wet in November and too wet to dig. The soil structure is damaged, if it is paddled (stood on) when
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Autumn Planting Garlic

Lautrec Wight is an autumn planting garlic: a hardneck garlic (Rocambole in the USA) very pretty white outer skin deep pink cloves harvest July In the spring these garlic send up a scape (stalk) also called Garlic Scapes or  Rocamboles
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Peas Pudding for St George.

Today is St George’s Day. St George’s Day in England remembers St George, England’s patron saint on the anniversary of his death, which is on April 23. It is an ideal time to try a traditional english recipe. Peas pudding can
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Well Rotted Farmyard Manure

Well rotted manure There have been some problems with manure since 2008 so please read this warning What is manure? Manure comes from any animal or plant material but is generally animal excreta with litter material. Another name for this
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Manure Warning

Sue has asked us to make it clear that “well rotted manure” and “farmyard manure” should be used with caution because of the recent problems with herbicides containing aminopyralid.  Manure resulting from plants sprayed with these herbicides, (even if the
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Force Rhubarb

* The rhubarb is ready to produce shoots in January. * Force it up, by creating a dark environment. * Cover it with a chimneypot, dustbin, or straw. Forced rhubarb has long, tender, light coloured shoots
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The time to Divide or Move Rhubarb

The time to divide or move rhubarb is in the autumn or spring. dig up the crowns (the fleshy rhizomes and buds) discard old or damaged parts of the crown use healthy bits of crown with 2-3 good buds on
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Plant Onion Sets in the Garden

Onion sets are immature onion bulbs specially grown for planting out. When planted in the soil they increase in size and form one full-sized onion, which can then be harvested. Gardeners prefer to grow sets, rather than onion seeds, because sets are:
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Leeks au Gratin Recipe

Today we had our last leeks & to celebrate we did the ‘leeks au gratin’ recipe. Ingredients: 6 leeks – sliced across in circles 1/2″ thick 250ml double cream – must be double! 2 handfuls grated cheese Method: drop leeks
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