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This booklet is for vegetable gardeners and nature-lovers in every single place. it's a 'grow your personal' guide, a recipe ebook, and a shop of interesting observations approximately ordinary historical past within the backyard. the writer writes a deeply own account of the altering yr in keeping with his first-hand event and a true affection for his topics and locality. touring week-by-week in the course of the vegetable and fruit growing to be calendar, this mixture of useful recommendation, humour and data on and round the plot satisfies armchair gardeners and full-on nature fans alike. suggestion upsetting, inspiring - sometimes demanding - it is a booklet that may be taken to mattress as an end-of-day muse; or get dogeared and soiled as an important relief to cultivating and cooking home-grown nutrition.

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Water all fruit and nut trees thoroughly. • Plant Maincrop Picasso spuds. • Water main crop onions, globe artichokes, • Hand weed strawberry barrels. • Weed amongst roots. • Thin scorzonera and Nantes 2 carrots. • Sow Flamboyant radish, Purple Top Milan turnip, Logo kohl rabi, Buttercrunch lettuce. roots, asparagus, shallots, garlic, broad beans. 39 A V E G E T A B L E G A R D E N E R ’S Y E A R In the Garden Tending . . Strawberries Dirty Nails has been planting out his strawberries this week.

A twin-bladed helicopter sweeps in front and behind out of sight, barely off the ground and thunderously overbearing all else as it steers a course, resembling a giant deformed mechanical insect. Even now, minutes later, the chunter of those heavy rotary blades echo from away over yonder like the continual rhythmic rumble of distant thunder. Then soothing cries of communally nesting rooks fill the air again. They sit atop the spindly branches of smooth-barked ash and sturdy-armed oaks, clinging to the twigs, rocking back and forth and bouncing in a gentle breeze high amongst a mass of football-sized nests, secured and artfully woven into goblet forks and junctions.

The latter grows larger, juicy fruits which are fabulous sliced and fried for the first meal of the day. Kept warm, seedlings will emerge within a fortnight. Peppers and tomatoes crop well in a greenhouse and Dirty Nails will pot his seedlings up in due course into grow bags. 23 A V E G E T A B L E G A R D E N E R ’S Y E A R RTY NAILS’ JOUR I D NA OM R L F IN THE ROOKERY T he temperature has lifted and wind dropped. In the micro-climate of this scrap of woodland, approaching the latter days of March it may even be described as faintly mild.

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