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September 24, 2010


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This reflects very much our path, standard fare first, going onto the exotics. Best way to learn. We are now a few years down the road (5 to be precise) and we are still learning. Not everything will work in your climate or soil, but keep experimenting. What works, save the seeds and before you know you won't be visiting your greengrocer no more! The possibliliteis are endless. Not to mention foraging for wild foods!


It is comforting I am not the only one! I guess we all have to figure it out through trial & error, gaining a little more experience with each year gone by :) There is just so much to learn!


I got my copy of this book a couple of weeks ago and was lucky enough to get it signed by the lovely Mark while I was at River Cottgae, he's as nice in person as he comes over on TV and in the book.

I look forward to your exotic veggie recipes, just let us know what you're going to grow so we can all get ready with the ingredients fresh from our plots.

We are HUGE River Cottage fans too, and I think we may have subconciously poached rather a lot of their ideas for growing etc, as when we walked around the farm we kept saying 'look we do that', 'we have this' etc etc. Very comical.

Have a lovely weekend.

ue xx


I had the good fortune to see a copy of the book yesterday and thought it promised to be a real source of inspiration-my friend VP has reviewed a copy -thought you might like to read her thoughts too-here-
I have tried several of the plants he mentions-romanesco, borlotti beans and will probably continue next year. The Egyptian walking onions intrigue me too.


It's definitely down to trial and error and there are things that I won't bother with again. But it's also down to the weather pattern of each individual year, something that can't be planned for!


Sue: Wow, lucky you! We have yet to make the pilgrimage to RC - I really want to go check out one of the courses, or at least eat in the canteen!
I know what you mean about in being ingrained in your subconscious - whenever we re-watch the DVDs we realize, oh, that's where we got that from!
Hope you have a great weekend too...


Judith: Thanks for sharing! It is interesting to see other people's thoughts on it too. It looks like a resounding thumbs up all around :)


Jan: That's a very good point. Some of the few things we did last year didn't do as well this year, which was disappointing. So even the best planning is no match for mother nature! It is so strange that some plants just do not work in some places. I plan to post more about it, but for example, our cauliflower was a complete and utter failure. They literally still look like seedlings out there, a few inches tall, while most everything else has run rampant! And apparently my neighbor has tried cauliflower in the past and had the exact same thing happen. So who knows if it is some strange micro-climate that doesn't please them, or something in the soil?


I have now been working my vegetable garden for the 4th year and I learn something new all the time! I have to say I had a particularly good year in 2010 so maybe I am getting better:-) Diane


Don't worry, every year you will find that garden ever increasing in size until you get to a point in which you are wondering what to do with all of the veggies you have produced.:) "A Taste of the Unexpected" sounds like a book I would truly enjoy.


Hi Diane, I'm glad to hear you had such a good year (and at only the 4th :) ). Hope next year is even better!

Hi Mike, I can't wait to have that dilemma :) For the moment, however, we can't infringe more on the backyard as we are only renting and I don't think the landlady would appreciate it!


Sim, provavelmente por isso e


ler todo o blog, muito bom


muito obrigado!

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