The price of a Christmas dinner

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I received  an email this week about where to buy the cheapest veg for Christmas - sprouts, parsnips and carrots all for just 19p a bag.  And 2kg of potatoes also for a negligible 19p. (It's Aldi if you're interested.) I love a bargain as much as the next person, but I'm really not sure how I feel about veg that costs, well, … [Read more...]

Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest

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What do you get the gardener in your life for Christmas?  Personally, I'd love a polytunnel, but I don't think Father Christmas can fit one of those in his sleigh. I'd also be happy with this new book: Build a Better Vegetable Garden - 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest. Written by Joyce and Ben Russell, this would … [Read more...]

How to make kale crisps (without being a pretentious twat.)

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I've never been a massive fan of kale - and particularly the clean-eating wank that surrounds it.  Honestly, I've never been tempted to make a smoothie out of a brassica (although I did once make one out of a placenta, but that's another story and I wouldn't really recommend that either.) Anyway, this I year I decided to grow … [Read more...]

Five ways to save time when growing your own veg

If you've ever grown so much as a carrot, you'll know that gardening isn't about instant gratification.  Growing your own veg is time consuming in a way that makes War and Peace look like a quick read. (Not that I've read it, just in case you thought I was trying to sound clever!) Not being able to rush things is part of the … [Read more...]

How to grow blueberries to feed a 21st century blueberry habit

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When I was a kid, a piece of fruit generally meant a golden delicious or an over-ripe banana, or possibly a satsuma if it was nearly Christmas. Occasionally, we had fruit cocktail out of a tin and everyone fought over the two and half nail-varnish pink cherries that tasted nothing like cherries. But as we'd probably never had … [Read more...]