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Her Outdoors: August is here, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: August is here

Last weekend I put down my Japanese razor hoe and went to judge other people’s plots in the finals of Britain’s Best Allotment. The results will be revealed during National Allotment Week next week, so I can’t say too much here, apart from thanking the lovely people who invited me and my fellow judges onto [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 1 August 2015 at 7:59 pm

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 7:39 pm

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas

In gardening, some things are perfectly named – runner beans can run away up the bean poles, say, and there are a whole host of diseases and disorders which have does-what-it-says-on-the-tin names: scab, brown rot and bitter pit alone in apples… But the squash, the autumnal cousin of the courgette, the fancier sister of the [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 10:30 pm

Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach

I have been watering my plot for nearly an hour, first thing in the morning or late in the evening, just before it gets too dark to see my way back to the allotment gate, to prevent this heat destroying my months of hard work. My vegetables and fruit bushes are teeming with crops now, [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 1 July 2015 at 7:29 am

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette

I have recently rediscovered one of my favourite films from childhood, Jean de Florette. It is one of the greatest-ever in the French language. Directed by Claude Berri, from the original Marcel Pagnol film and novel, about Provencal farmers and a tussle over land and water. A peasant farmer who wants to grow carnations has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 14 June 2015 at 10:35 pm

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic

The difference between the start of the month, when the days were bright and sunny and a languid Indian Summer warmth hung over Plot 35a, and now, with wind, rain, thunder, lightning, has drastically changed my allotment. Suddenly, as if overnight, foliage has begun to shrink away. Leaves falling off trees and the grapevine has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 11:32 am

Her Outdoors: Hello Autumn, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Hello Autumn

After the stunning kitchen garden at my Aunty Liz and Uncle Tom’s Baltic-side bolthole in Finland last week, back to a bump in Blighty and the overgrown paths at Plot 35a. Actually, I only left the plot for a week, not two as I usually do for a summer holiday, and popped up there before [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 at 11:01 pm

Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s whole roast cauliflower, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s whole roast cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower gets a lot of attention in my kitchen. But here go for something different with a twist on a classic family favourite of cauliflower cheese.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 1 May 2014 at 10:52 am

Her Outdoors: March round-up, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: March round-up

Last weekend it was hard to believe it was still March, with the temperature as high as 18C (although it felt much warmer on the allotment site, as we are sheltered on one side by trees and the other by houses. The warmth has triggered an explosion of buds on the fruit trees and bushes, [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at 10:23 pm

Dish of the day: Cheats cheese and potato tart, Dish of the Day

Dish of the day: Cheats cheese and potato tart

Serve up a generous slice with some fresh, crisp gem lettuce and you’ve got yourself a delicious lunch or dinner…no one will be asking where the meat is that’s for sure.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 27 February 2014 at 8:42 am

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