What exactly qualifies as a harvest?

Chives, primrose, buckleaf sorrel and mint When I think of a harvest of home-grown produce, I think of flat baskets brimming with vegetables. I think of pretty china bowls overflowing with fat, lucious sweet berries. I think of happy people climbing ladders in orchards to pick fruit. However, I started late this year. It’s already […]

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Planting out supermarket herbs

When we put a new kitchen into our last flat, one of the things I wanted to do was to make up for the lack of a garden. So I went to IKEA, bought about ten FINTORP racks and pots and had the workmen affix them to our tile splashbacks so that I could have […]

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Wedding favours: Herbs as a wedding present

The herbs awaiting transport We recently attended a wedding with a difference, thrown by some very artistic friends. The event was to be held in the beautiful English countryside. An intimate affair with fairy lights in the trees and a vegetarian bent. The invitation read “no gifts” but the couple wanted their friends to get […]

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What is the point of a side return?

A typical feature of the terraced Victorian houses in London is the side return. This is the name generally given to the narrow strip of garden running along the side of the building from the kitchen to the main part of the garden. It’s generally narrow and, between you and I, more than a bit […]

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