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first venture into growing fruit and veg, and the many mistakes I made while progressing to the level I'm at today (pretty good, I think). It's been a steep learning curve.For a brief spell, aged 11, I had a vegetable patch of my own. My mother – a
the stalks off to about 5cm.2) Put them in water that's had lemon juice added (this stops them going black).3) Chop one tablespoon of mint, three tablespoons of parsley, two cloves of garlic then add to the juice of one lemon and 100ml of olive oil
the instructions here and included imperial measurements for those who need it:500g (18oz) fresh blackcurrants, plus a handful to decorate100g (4oz) caster sugar, plus extra if needed3 tbsp water3 tbsp crème de cassis6 sheets of gelatine (12g)350ml ( ½ pint, just
for flower and garden photography. You don't have to spend lots of money on a heavy duty one. Mine was £30 for a full size one. I also bought a half-sized one which can be adjusted downwards for photographing vegetables.2. Try to take pictures on overcast
Pavillion at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008.Vegetables at the Chelsea Flower Show 2008, with Alys Fowler's top 10 veg varieties to grow for beginners.
Light' reaches 1.7m in height. It looks particularly stunning by water.Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'An interesting, unusual plant from the deserts of Mexico, bearing clouds of tiny leaves on arching stems. Requiring little water or maintenance
unsalted meat. You can also leave out cooked vegetables, pastry and grated cheese, but avoid salty food or bread, as this can be bad for birds.LeftoversMore on helping garden birdsHelp garden birds in springMake fat cakes for birdsLearn about safely feeding