Posts Tagged “gardening”

Ideal Outdoor Creations for Staycations

Ideal Outdoor Creations for Staycations

The team at Jack Dunckley know how important it is to get away on a relaxing holiday and we all probably need this now more than ever! But with the stress of face masks, sanitisers and the possibility of quarantines after our holidays, for many of us, this will not look likely this year. A…

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Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter

Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter

We live in strange times and just now gardens are more important than ever. Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter will thrill those of us who are lucky enough to have a garden. One doesn’t need a lot of space to grow vegetables. Grow Fruit & Vegetables in…

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Courgette, Red Pepper & Feta Muffins

Courgette, Red Pepper & Feta Muffins

Courgette and Peppers to Tickle the Taste Buds from Burpee Seeds Europe Not only does growing your own bring you a sense of achievement and wellbeing, but vegetables also keep much more of their vitamins when eaten quickly after harvesting. The courgette and pepper below are the perfect additions to a superb recipe (at the…

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A Phoenician Kitchen Garden – travel review

A Phoenician Kitchen Garden – travel review

In truth this isn’t an ancient plot cultivated and tended by legendary Mediterranean traders, but the land does belong to the celebrated Hotel Phoenicia in Malta. All good chefs will agree that freshness is key to good dishes. That philosophy cuts across all ethnic culinary persuasions. Malta has a climate that any keen gardener would…

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New Urban Farmer by Celia Brooks Brown – review

New Urban Farmer by Celia Brooks Brown – review

The title might conjure images of cows grazing in Hyde Park or pigs on Richmond Green. But this particular urban farmer is cultivating an allotment in north London and Celia Brooks Brown is the aforementioned ‘farmer’. My reader from beyond the UK might not even know what an allotment is. It’s truly an allotment of…

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The Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox – review

The Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox – review

There is so much talk these days about healthy eating and home cooking. We are told to guard against waste and to use what we have to hand. Food should be our most important purchase but we don’t want to throw money away. So what to do? It’s all about flavour. A sprinkle of a…

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Forgotten Fruits by Christopher Stocks – review

Forgotten Fruits by Christopher Stocks – review

This is a lovely book to snuggle up with on these long winter evenings. Forgotten Fruits has a beautiful cover and the feel of an old-fashioned quality volume. The off-white paper suggests a well-loved tome kept in a glass-fronted bookcase in a Victorian drawing room. But what is it all about? Forgotten Fruits could be…

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The Ultimate Garden Designer by Tim Newbury – review

The Ultimate Garden Designer by Tim Newbury – review

The “ultimate” anything has got to be good. What would this Garden Designer variety have to offer? It needed to be a comprehensive tome covering every aspect of the subject. Needless to say I had visions of a book the size of a small garden shed or at least a rabbit hutch. This is a…

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Fork to Fork by Monty Don and Sarah Don – review

Fork to Fork by Monty Don and Sarah Don – review

This is the revised edition of the original Fork to Fork of a decade ago. A few things have changed on the home-growing front in those ten years. We are all a lot more mindful of food miles so a book that presents a real opportunity to pare those miles to yards is bound to be…

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Jekka’s Complete Herb Book by Jekka McVicar – review

Jekka’s Complete Herb Book by Jekka McVicar – review

This magnificent volume has already sold over half a million copies. Hardly seems like Jekka’s Complete Herb Book needs another promotion but I guess there might be someone who doesn’t already own it or has not yet come across it. Jekka McVicar is a familiar face to UK TV viewers. She has oft graced our…

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Jekka McVicar – interview

Jekka McVicar – interview

Celebrity chef Rick Stein counts her among his “food heroes”, Jamie Oliver wouldn’t trust the design of his herb garden to anyone else. Jekka McVicar started her herb farm over 20 years ago at her home near Bristol; it now has the largest collection of herbs in the UK with more than 600 different varieties….

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