Monthly Archives: February 2012

Think before you buy, but give us a choice says Claire


Next time you grab a pre-packed sandwich, or don’t recycle or break the ’11th Commandment’ by Wasting Food, consider what you can change to make your time spent in the city more sustainable. Sometimes it is easier or cheaper in the … Continue reading

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The Price of Ignorance


Apparently English is the only language to have two separate words to describe edible and poisonous fungi ie. ‘mushrooms’ and ‘toadstools’. On the continent, they are all known as fungi. The pictures here are all of what I would call … Continue reading

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The Rewards of Indolence


If I were a different kind of gardener I might have cleared away the remains of all the dead plants from last year long before now, but then I wouldn’t have been giving so much support to the local wildlife – and … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes, from Soil to Plate


The first thing to do when you have your Jerusalem Artichokes is to prepare them. After washing, scrub the dirt off with a small brush and rinse them clean. I leave the skins on, but if you don’t fancy them, … Continue reading

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Grow it on the firm’s time (and their windowsill)


If you work in an office, there’s a fair chance it is warmer there than your own home. So if you have access to a wide windowsill, and the boss will allow it, this could be the year you finally … Continue reading

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A taste of the Past, today


Old cookery books can be a source of inspiration for anyone wanting to try something different but affordable. Whereas modern cooking seems to be very much about celebrity, cookery books in the past were much more about helping ordinary people … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes, not just a Pretty Picture


Jerusalem Artichokes deserve to be better known and appreciated. They are incredibly easy to grow, either direct in the ground or in large pots, come back every year, taste good and even have pretty sunflower-like flowers. They also grow very … Continue reading

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