July in the garden

How are we halfway through the year already?  Well, on the bright side, our garden and I have both been relishing this prolonged spell of sunshine, even though I’m spending far too much time with…

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June in the garden

I missed the first few days of June in the garden as we went away at the end of May, but my goodness, what a lot of changes can happen in just two weeks. This…

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October in the garden

The nights are getting chillier and longer, and everywhere I look there are pumpkins on display. Yes, it’s October now, time of mists and mellow fruitfulness (to misquote a Romantic poet, Keats). So, what jobs…

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Recipe: easy damson jam

Is there anything nicer than homemade jam on hot buttered crumpets? Damson jam to be more precise, with its lovely sweet but tart flavour? As I had so many damsons left over after making damson…

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Recipe: easy damson or sloe gin

Are you a gin lover? Well, in my September gardening post, I said I’d be making some luscious damson gin and sloe gin again. If you live near a public hedgerow (sloes) or have access…

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