Christmas Day new potatoes

Now is the time to buy your new potatoes if you plan to grow them for your Christmas Day lunch. They are so simple to grow and taste fantastic!  Seed potatoes are available online and in garden centres again in August. They will be ready for your Christmas lunch if you get them planted now. These varieties are relatively cheap, and it’s best to buy them now while they are still fresh and a good selection is available. I am using “Rocket” because it is a fast-maturing first early variety with waxy, white flesh and it usually produces …

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The Edible Garden by Mel Godfrey, Sustainable Living in the Heatons

It’s a feature of modern life that we only see in shops a limited range of the huge variety of leaves, salads and herbs that grow according to each season. This 15 min feature is brimming full of ideas for both foodies and gardeners. Edible plants that will happily grow in your flowerbeds; Foodie plants and …

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The June Gap

Mind the gap Ever heard of “the June gap”? Many beekeepers talk about it — it’s a time between spring and summer when bee colonies are at peak numbers, meaning they require more pollen and nectar. It’s during this time that spring flowers have more or less finished and summer flowers have yet to come …

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