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July Newsletter

“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.”
– Lewis Grizzard

July is the beginning of that wonderful period when we get to eat what we’ve sown and grown. It’s the month when the delivery of veg boxes can be suspended as we enjoy our home-grown crops of tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, strawberries and more.

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New Early Delivery Option

This September sees the introduction of our brand new early delivery option on selected plants. Last frost dates differ from region to region and some gardeners are able to provide plants will more protection than others.

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To Sow, To Read … and maybe dream

My potager as it once was, and no amount of dreaming will bring it back again.

My potager as it once was, and no amount of dreaming will bring it back again.

There have been some perfect days for gardening this last week, though somehow, other than feed the hens and check the rain gauge, all tasks have been undertaken under cover. Protection on and off my citrus trees on frosty nights (the porch / mini-conservatory has yet to be finished), but otherwise a great deal of planning: seeds all catalogued using a revised system, and others ordered so that as soon as the ground is fit, we’ll be out there with our ‘task board’ and list of tasks. I allow myself to dream of the days when there seemed to be endless time after work and at weekends for pottering in the garden. Working freelance has its disadvantages and time seems to be compressed into segments between commissions.

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January Thoughts – inside and out

thoughts of Spring

Thoughts of Spring

After days of rain when the rain gauge has overflowed and the surface of the veg plot has taken a battering, it has at last been sufficiently warm to wander around the garden and orchard taking stock. Little things trigger big ideas. My potted Cha-Cha Chive plants

in a sheltered spot by the back door are already shooting, and that set me to thinking of the re-vamp I want to do within my ‘Physic Garden’ – herbs of all types, culinary, medicinal, scented (for potpourri) and as a source of dye. Onto the Dobies website to source herb seeds for infilling gaps – and discovered also a handy Herb Dryer.

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The shortest day the longest night

Enjoying a German rose-garden alongside the River Rhein

Enjoying a German rose-garden alongside the River Rhein

Tomorrow (21st December) is the winter equinox when dark far outstrips daylight and time to be out of doors has to be squeezed between all other tasks and daily chores. I fell to thinking about our garden, orchard and nut plat, high in the north Cotswolds, and about all the gardens I have visited throughout the year. About gardening in general in fact – it’s a good time to reflect on the concept of a garden, and what it is that is so compulsive about the thought, or act, of gardening.

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