October newsletter

October Newsletter

Autumn has arrived, with all its mellow fruitfulness. A time for autumn digging and moving tender plants under cover before the first frosts arrive.

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How Tomato Ailsa Craig Was Named

Waiting my turn at the dentist recently I was surprised when they called the name of the next patient. “Ailsa Craig” was not however my expected shiny red tomato but a very smartly dressed woman. I wonder how many other waiting patients thought the same as me? Or were they perhaps thinking Scottish islands and onions?

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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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