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.Then I focus my attention on potatoes. Yes, it's potato time again; over the past week or so I've been lifting the last of the earlies and second earlies to store in the garage at home. The earlies are getting beyond 'new' potato stage - in fact
should go about storing my herbs and, so far, the BBC Food website has the most comprehensive and straightforward guide.I'm definitely going to try drying - the most tried and tested method - and I might do some herbs in ice cubes too as that seems such a
in my knowledge, a veritable chasm which I'm a bit ashamed to admit. Here we go...I'm not sure how to store onions correctly. Previously I've grown them at work and the chefs have used them as if they're going out of fashion. On the plot I've tended
wasted.Later in October I'll be able to start picking other varieties (I've about 10 in all), including Cox, that have also cropped really well this year. These later ripening varieties do store much better, so I set them out in wooden, stacking trays
, which is causing me some concern as we do not have a cold store here to hold them back. Our floral displays are exactly how they would be in the garden, except that each plant will have been minutely prepared before leaving the farm.Woad, Isatis
the tubers being eaten away by vine weevil grubs. None of my begonias has survived. Next autumn I'll remember to empty out the pots, clean up the tubers, and store them in clean dry compost for winter instead.
garlicky home-made pesto. But there's plenty left and it needs to be stored, so I have set to plaiting it. Yes, proper Frenchman-on-a-bicycle-style garlic plaits, and great fun I've been having, too. The first time I sat down to have a go, I was filled
in autumn, just before disappearing into hibernation. It has been reported as being a physiological change, perhaps related to changes in the way nutrients are stored in their bodies over winter. But I've often wondered whether it might be an evolutionary
or in the flower pot store. With frogs and newts, that's three amphibians in the garden this year.