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the kitchen to the garden, laying them on the garden furniture in the sun, taking them back inside at night. I'm sure this helped dry them out.The last couple of weeks they've been drying off in the kitchen, mainly because it's too chilly to put them outside
I've recently been working my way through 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People', a self-help book by Stephen Covey, and was immensely impressed that it has something to teach us gardeners.In the book, Covey describes how he got his son to look
. But I can still take all the lovely garden rubbish up to the allotment. All the blackened dahlia stems, fallen leaves, old bedding plants and herbaceous stems will rot down beautifully over the winter.
's unlike anything I've ever eaten before (others in the series like 'Mayan Gold', are equally distinctive). This is a great potato for kitchen gardeners to have in their repertoire, to pull out when something punchy to add contrast or balance is needed. I
When I first started growing shallots I did so on the advice of Sam, on our allotment (aged 90 he was still tending his plot twice a day). He told me to plant shallots on the shortest day and harvest them on the longest. I'm a bit more haphazard
is the perfect time to start.It's too late to sow onion seed now, but you may find that friends still have some sets left over (my allotment neighbour gave me some surplus red onion sets - 'Red Baron' I think). I also bought white onions ('Marco' F1) from