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Smoked trout salad, home made burgers and Fiddlehead ferns

I’ve had an utterly joyful Easter weekend full of foraging, Easter egg hunts, BBQs and enjoying the first few meals from the garden. Along with home made burgers (good mince with a reasonable fat content, finely chopped fried onion and good bacon, tomato puree, Balsalmic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, chilli, Maldon salt and pepper, all mixed together, formed […]

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Garden loves #1: BBQ Planter

Not only do Black and Blum have a great company name but their products are witty, practical and gorgeous. I’m utterly in love with their BBQ Hotpot – so popular that it’s out of stock until mid-May. At £99, it’s not cheap but being able to grow plants on your BBQ is such a cute idea: […]

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Garden-inspired goodies #1: Kate Broughton seed cards

  Kate Broughton’s new range of cards which I first saw on Tatty Devine aren’t just gorgeous: they’re also perfect for gardeners, as they come complete with seeds. I loathe beetroot but the pictured beetroot card is so pretty that I couldn’t resist posting the pic (not everyone hates beetroot with a passion, after all). The […]

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Grow your own kits and free wine

  Seedpantry is the latest addition to my garden-retail-therapy favourites, courtesy of its adorable starter kits that include all you need to create a salad window box, herb windowbox and numerous other great urban gardening kits (there’s a great gardening kit for kids too). OK, they’re not the cheapest of kits but they’re gorgeously packaged […]

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Eat me #1: First harvest of the season

Sorrel, rocket and mixed leaf (from bottom to top of image) at 4-6 weeks Strawberries grown in a windowbox at 4-6 weeks  OK, I may be a little over-excited and proud-motherly about my first crop of the season, but lunchtime brought with it the first meal enhanced by the garden’s delights (herbs aside). As the […]

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Battle of the Green Hornets

After mentioning Green Hornet cocktails in my previous article, I went searching for recipes for dandelion syrup cocktails (It may seem like an odd thing to do on a Tuesday afternoon, but I was trying to work out what to do with the pesky weeds that keep invading the garden: I pulled all mine out by the […]

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Grow your own cocktails #4: Garden cocktail menu launched

As you may have realised, I think cocktails and gardening go together perfectly (thus explaining the Pimms Plant, Mojito planter and cocktail garden posts.). As such, I was gratified to discover that awarding-winning restaurant and bar, The Refinery in London has just launched its veg and herb patch cocktail menu, created by Chris Edwards and Richard Proud […]

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