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Chocolate beetroot cake

First of all, reassurance: you will not taste the beets in this cake. Your children will not taste the beets in this cake and will (almost certainly) eat it happily, even if they watch you whizz the beets up in … Continue reading

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Toasted teacakes

Robert loves his Percy the Park Keeper books. We have three of these, by Nick Butterworth, and there are more in the library. In each one, Percy potters around doing his gardening work while simultaneously solving the problems of a … Continue reading

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Elderberry pancakes

It’s the end of summer, and now in addition to the nearly unmanageable amounts of produce coming out of the allotment (why did I plant so much squash?), we now have the bounty of the English hedgerows. Conditions this summer … Continue reading

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Ground elder: Evil weed or tasty snack?

When we first had a look at our allotment, we weren’t aware of how large it was. On further inspection, we realised an overgrown patch at the back of the allotment was ours as well. Unfortunately, the healthy green growth … Continue reading

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A very fierce dog

There are a lot of social people on this allotment. People seem to be curious about who has taken over a disused plot and what they plan to do with it. James and I are comparatively young, and when I … Continue reading

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Allotment Diaries entry 1

I went out to get a start on removing the tall grass that has colonised a large portion of the allotment. The plan is to start clearing at one end and fill the cleared space with seeds and plants, so … Continue reading

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Women’s work

It’s funny: you can be married to someone for eight years before you find out he thinks women can’t caulk bathtubs. I’ve been scraping the old paint off our bathroom ceiling in preparation for repainting. (It’s been peeling ever since … Continue reading

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