Category: cooking

Aubergine Meatball

Aubergine Meatball well deserves its place on the cover of our latest catalogue. Our Love the Taste catalogue, featuring a wonderful range of tasty fruit and vegetable plants, should have been delivered by now but if yours hasn’t arrived please request a free copy here.

So, what’s so special about Aubergine Meatball?

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Savoy Cabbage F1 Rigoleto

I thought I’d share with you an interesting email recently received from a customer giving feedback on her experience of growing Savoy F1 Rigoleto cabbage at their home in the Austrian Alps. What a view there must be from the cabbage patch!  Continue Reading

Valentine’s Day Garden Hearts

willow tree living garden hearts

A living heart within a willow tree

Out and about with my camera, I sometimes spot strange shapes. Not that I am specifically looking; they fall into view, and then I start searching. It may be that branches frame a part of the garden, or the juxtaposition of tree-trunks offer me a shot that can be used for the cards and books I make. As here, walking along the banks of the River Teme on the Shropshire/Welsh border, I ‘found’ two garden hearts. These will be perfect for the book I am making for a garden-art exhibition to be held in the area this summer.

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Progress in our ‘Dobies’ garden plots

Cabbages just showing to the left, perennial herbs and polyanthus right.

Cabbages just showing to the left, perennial herbs and polyanthus right.

We’ve gone from four inches of rain in two days to nights of heavy frost and freezing temperatures. But on the good days in between I was actually able to start on the much-needed reclamation of the pottager. Everything has suffered from my inattention this Summer, but a determined effort, and tackling the job little by little and three of the raised beds are productive again. Cabbages packed close in one bed (protected from the birds with netting) and a change of plan for the other three. Another has been planted with unusual perennial herbs (the rocket self-seeded and has germinated already), and a transplanted feverfew, because it looked so pretty. All the beds have been edged with a rather special primrose – yellow, tinged blue-green, and a joyous mix of polyanthus.

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Thinking of Summer !!

Munich Market, Germany; June 2012

Munich Market, Germany; June 2012

Touring on the continent this summer in our motor-home, whilst the UK wet seemed to follow wherever we travelled, I was nevertheless always drawn to the vegetable stalls in every market – a reminder of other, hotter summers in years long gone, and particularly herbs, and GARLIC. Subtlety of flavour, life-enhancing, considered by many to be a herbal wonder drug, with a reputation in folklore for preventing or treating everything from the common cold and ‘flu to the legendary plague! It is nevertheless a powerful natural antibiotic and antioxidant, and is claimed to assist in the management of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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