Category Archives: The Kitchen Garden

Poppy Goes Blackberrying

It’s that time of year again! The hedgerows groan under the weight of the trailing, blackberry laden brambles while higher in the branches you will find both elderberry and sloe. Poppy and I have a number of preferred locations in … Continue reading

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Variations On The Potato

Potatoes have been a major part of the European diet since their introduction by Spanish Conquistadors from South America in the 17th Century. Ireland took to the tuber more readily at this time and due to an extended period of … Continue reading

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Summer Sun For The Winter

The Preserve of Preserves With the end of summer and the beginnings of a rapid slide into winter I thought I’d celebrate with a glass of wine! Except that the wine itself is not yet ready! It is a ‘work … Continue reading

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A Summer Of Welcome (mostly) Visitors

With the Summer now well on its way out here are a few images from the past season in the garden. What with the bad start with so much rain, it hasn’t been as good a year as it promised … Continue reading

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The Loganberry

The loganberry was accidentally created in 1883, in Santa Cruz, California, by the lawyer and horticulturist James Harvey Logan (1841–1928) Dissatisfied with the varieties of blackberries available, he attempted to cross two existing varieties to produce a third, superior variety. … Continue reading

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Getting Out Of A Jam . . .

. . . What You Put In! Once again the fruits of the summer are swiftly forming and ripening in the gardens and hedgerows. My first crop is likely to be gooseberries, no surprise there, which though of minimal appeal … Continue reading

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Saving the Summer

Little Drops of Sunshine The preserving of fruit in sugar started in the Middle East several thousand years ago. It began with earthenware or fired clay pots that were then sealed tight with bees wax. This was by no means … Continue reading

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