SARAH THE GARDENER

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Is it scrumping if it’s your orchard?

Because technically scrumping is stealing fruit – particularly apples from an orchard.  But not one to be hung up on a technicality, we went scrumping – in our orchard. Now the thing about our orchard is I planted it at…

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Argh – my Jerusalem artichokes have been trying to escape.

It’s not that I haven’t given them a loving home with the very best soil I could provide.  I gave them everything and yet they have lashed out like insolent teenagers.  Well the best way I know how to sort…

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I think I broke the drought!

We haven’t had any rain in absolutely ages.  In January we had 40mm of rain and while it felt like it was a wet and miserable summer only 10 rainy days were actually wet and most of it came from…

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I want more things – fancy things…

A garden shredder would be nice, it would help alleviate the pain I am currently experiencing in my finger.  Either that or some kind of gardening guillotine.  The more I think about it the more the want becomes a need….

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If I shut my eyes – I could so easily fool myself.

Today is so lovely.  It is hot, not height of summer hot, but warm enough to say “gosh, it’s hot out there.”  The sky is blue but is dotted with clouds.  However not enough to cling to the thought that the…

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I thought about putting on socks!

BANG – it’s autumn.  It is like someone has just flipped a switch.  I woke at my usual time, although admittedly for the last week or so I have been sleeping a little longer, and was shocked to find it…

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The penny just dropped – I need to garden like a cook!

I have been doing this gardening thing all wrong.  For years!  A simple action, that I had been putting off for ages, to write on the bags of potatoes the best way to eat them, resulted in the most delicious…

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Only four days left.

Typical!  With less than a handful of summer days left – today’s weather was awesome.  One of those lovely blue sky days we have been dreaming about for months. The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the cicadas…

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Summer can you please come again – I must have been out when you called.

It was hot yesterday.  The kind of heat that leaves you feeling sticky, grumpy and really lethargic.  The sky was blue and the wind was far from a cooling breeze as its warmth did nothing to ease the discomfort of…

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“Ten red jars… sitting on my bench”

Well I managed it.  10 jars of delicious tomato relish, and I made it in my new 20 litre preserving pot.  I feel like a proper kitchen gardener now, not just the pretender I was before – using the largest…

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