SARAH THE GARDENER

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Herby Haircuts and System Changes

We haven’t had rain for 11 days and I couldn’t be happier!  The boffins are even alluding to there being no further rain for the next four days.  This is cause for celebration.   And what makes me even happier is…

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Keep off the Grass

This is taking all my self-control but the garden is a no-go area right now.  The grass is long, there are weeds, there are things that could be harvested, poorly looking plants and old crops that need to be cleared…

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Picking Pecks of Peppers

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – ‘know what you grow!’  The thing is often I get a little carried away with the whole process of growing things, that I forget to follow my own advice.  Most…

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Stop I say… I can’t take anymore

Now I know I promised not to moan about the weather again after our particularly soggy summer.  But it would seem autumn isn’t playing fair either. In the 10 years we have been here, we’ve never seen it like this….

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A gigantic success of sorts.

This weekend was the culmination of months of worry and fretting.   Since the spring, I have been a participant in the Celebrity Challenge of The Great Pumpkin Carnival.   My Giant Pumpkin seedlings were planted with care and pampered with love…

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They’re up!

Oh my goodness I am super excited.  I have tried for so long to get this crop to germinate.  I often look to my pantry inspiration and have successfully grown popcorn, peanuts, chickpeas and kidney beans, among other things.  It…

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Bulbous tasks

I don’t know about you but sometimes I tend to put things off.  First it starts with ‘I’ll do it tomorrow’ and moving the intended chore by a few hours doesn’t seem that harmless.  Then life gets in the way…

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Irrigating the Garden

When you have a garden as large as mine, ensuring it is all properly irrigated can be a little overwhelming.  To be fair, over the years I did my best with what I could to set up systems and deliver…

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An invisible gardening hazard

My smile is about to become inconvenienced.  I could blame Global pollution for my troubles. But I have to take some responsibility.  I am a child of the 70s.  My childhood was spent outside playing from dawn to dusk in…

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Embracing Autumn

I have been dragged kicking and screaming into this new season.  According to the calendar our autumn is officially three weeks old.  But at precisely 11:28pm last night, the autumn equinox occurred.  I wasn’t really aware of it as I’m…

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