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Soft fruit, chickens and rose petals

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Soft fruit, chickens and rose petals

  “Wow £4.19 for 15 strawberry seeds. Is it really worth buying these?” Danny shook the seed packet pensively. “We couldn’t buy 15 plants for £4.19. Even at the church fete. I want to grow enough for wine and jam this year.” “Won’t we get enough from the 12 plants that arrived yesterday?” I am deeply into getting a good harvest of strawberries next year. Today I am planting out my new strawberry plants in the overhauled soft fruit bed that sits beside the chicken run. I know that the chickens will stand patiently...

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Home grown tomatoes: a retrospective

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Home grown tomatoes: a retrospective

  We grew several varieties of tomatoes this year and for the first year ever had a success with the French Super Marmande slicing tomato.  It looked superb on the vine and it was with great joy that we plucked the first sturdy fruit. Danny was silent as he tasted the first slice. “What’s wrong?” “It tastes woolly and it’s very thin on the flavour factor.” I had bought the Unwins ‘The Classic Tomato Collection’ – comprising, Super Marmande, Golden Sunrise, Ailsa Craig and Gardener’s Delight. The last three were very...

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