Category Archives: From The Garden

Black Russian tomatoes

Rumour has it that the line of black tomatoes,of which there are reportedly up to 50 distinct types now in existence, were distributed by European soldiers after the Crimean war. The black variety is grown widely across Russia today and its flavour is starting to get noticed back here in Europe. The fruit itself is a large variety with a dark brown/mahogany …

Melons…..and chickens

Welsh Melons It has long been my ambition to grow melons in the UK. Despite their ubiquitous, year-round presence on the supermarket shelves they are still a wonderfully exotic fruit and a bit of a grower’s challenge for  me. I have had limited success with them in the past but this year has represented something of a triumph for me. Not-so-secret …

Using up fruit

With my pathological hate for waste-be it the Earth’s resources , time or windfall apples, I am always looking for ways to utilise everything to its fullest  potential. My figs were taking a long time to ripen this year despite having, what I thought, was quite a lovely season! To hasten ripening I removed some of the larger leaves and many …
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