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Quick update and Charles Dowding’s 2018 Gardening Calendar

A very quick update. For all good reasons, I have been really busy since I got back from my recent trip to Thailand and Laos, especially with work on my new book!

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In the summertime…

After the excitement of our book’s publication, the past few months have been a wonderfully busy time. The book has been doing so well, spending most of the time as the #1 best selling book in organic veg! The publishers…

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Spring Equinox

It’s the first day of spring – Happy Ostara!

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Autumn update

Suddenly it is autumn!

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Summer harvests from the kitchen garden

Summer abundance fills my garden and kitchen, the delicious harvest of mulching, sowing, pricking out, planting, weeding, watering and caring for so many vegetables, herbs and fruit.

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Late Winter – Signs of Spring

I spotted this ladybird enjoying some sunshine on a spinach leaf in my polytunnel on February 19th. The utilitarian structure has a range of habitats which provide shelter for many ladybirds and other beneficial creatures including a toad and spiders. Some…

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January allotment in the sunshine

My lovely allotment is just a few minutes’ walk up the road. Most days  I can walk up there with a trug and trowel to garden or gather food, but when I am harvesting a lot of vegetables or need…

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The New Year Kitchen Garden

This morning during an unexpected burst of sunshine with blue skies, I harvested salad in the polytunnel, adding chicories from one of the raised beds in the front garden to the mix

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Growing food in Thailand

Something a bit different from my usual kitchen garden posts – growing food in a tropical climate!

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Autumn recipes

Some of my recipes are featured in the November 2015 issues of Gardens Illustrated Magazine in an article about Charles’ garden at Homeacres. I am going to add some more recipes using seasonal, homegrown ingredients here but I won’t be able…

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Summer to Autumn

Summer: a busy time filled with such abundance – harvests, preserving, storing – plus sowing and planting to ensure continuous crops throughout the winter and through next spring.

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What’s in season in my kitchen garden – June

I’m rather late writing this post because I have been so busy in the garden sowing, planting, clearing and picking all of the fresh new flavours of summer.

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