Preserving Surplus Crops

Much of what we grow is best eaten fresh. I’m sure that many a pea doesn’t even make it as far as the kitchen and ripe sweetcorn cobs will have gone straight from the plant to the BBQ. The end of the growing season is the perfect time to invite friends for seasonal feasts of veggie soups and light stews. But much as fresh is best it’s also good to squirrel certain crops away, preserving them for enjoying over the winter months.

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Radiant Ranunculus

Belonging to the same genus as buttercups, Ranunculus are amongst the most beautiful of plants. The brightly coloured flowerheads have crepe paper thin petals, packed tightly together and balanced on tall, thin stems. The perfect cut flower!

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September Newsletter

September Newsletter

August for many of us turned into a wet and sometimes chilly month which did nothing to encourage our tomatoes, chillies, peppers, etc. to ripen. A good Indian summer is what we now need otherwise I fear the country will be awash with green tomato chutney!

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Dobies Plant Nursery at Paignton

After weeks of sunshine I’m not quite sure why I visited the Dobies plant nursery on the first rainy day, but I did. Did I say rain? It was more like a monsoon. Thunder was rolling around the Devon hills and low cloud obscured the view down to the coast. But, the weather was soon forgotten as there was so much of interest to see.

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August Newsletter

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” – James Dent

Let’s hope for a sunny August where we can throw open the doors and windows making the house and garden fully open to each other. Sure, there’s still some gardening jobs to be done but they involve no strenuous labour. Wandering around the garden deadheading faded blooms and cutting fresh ones to fill vases indoors can’t really be classed as chores. Plus, there’s all that eating to do of home-grown salad leaves, tomatoes, peas and more.

So, make a cool drink, pull up a chair and have a browse through our August catalogue.

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