How to store Jerusalem artichokes and 20 ways to eat them!

We went to a seedling swap a couple of years ago and came back with some Jerusalem artichoke tubers. You can read more here, but basically we took some seedlings and swapped them for other people’s seedlings or in this case tubers – it was great! My husband planted the tubers in our garden and
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Water Butts and Butt Pumps

My husband has been spending a lot of time watering the plants recently and came up with an ingenious plan to make things a bit easier. He decided to write an article about it, so over to him: How do you water your garden, hosepipe or watering can? Where does the water come from, the
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Mmm a nice relaxing bath of cucumbers and courgettes!

Raised beds are a great way to grow vegetables. They keep everything growing where it is meant to be, are easy to maintain and slow the slugs down (a bit). A few years ago my husband made some for our kitchen garden and I asked myself the question of whether it was cost effective to
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They’re not from there and they don’t taste anything like it…

Jerusalem artichokes actually originate from North America and I think they taste a little like Chinese water chestnuts, especially if you slice them up and stir fry them. Several months ago we went to a seedling swap in Preston Park in Brighton (organised by Harvest, BHOGG and Brighton and Hove Food Partnership).  We took some of our spare
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You only ever need to buy horseradish once!

Every year around Easter time is the Jewish festival of Passover and a time when Jews go hunting for horseradish. It is needed as part of a traditional meal remembering the Jewish exodus from Egypt. Several years ago, I bought some horseradish at Passover time.  Then I got given some more.  I had two massive
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What a lovely way to start the day and more on Zero Waste Week!

My parents moved house last year and when they left they dug up their fig tree and gave it to us.  My wonderful husband planted it in our garden and today for the first time I ate not one but two home grown figs!  Such a great way to start the day! In other news,
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Home grown camomile tea!

I love drinking herbal teas and camomile (sometimes spelt chamomile) is a favourite of mine. I have had two camomile plants for a couple of years now and last year I picked enough flowers off them to last me all winter and I still have some left now. This year the flowers are coming thick
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Our garlic harvest!

Back in February we bought three garlic bulbs for £5 at Seedy Sunday in Brighton.  My hubby did a great job of planting them, watering them and working out when they were ready to harvest.   We also had a little assistance from the garlic farm cook book, which tells you about the different types of garlic,
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The view from my kitchen door and homegrown salad!

I love the view of beans growing right outside my kitchen door.  We are really lucky and have a dedicated fruit and vegetable garden right next to our kitchen.  Even better than that my husband has got really into growing vegetables.  So every day I get to go out there and pick salad for my
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Is it worthwhile growing potatoes?

Last year we made a definite loss on growing potatoes and when I met James Wong earlier this year he said growing potatoes is ‘probably the most expensive way to physically get hold of one’.  Well either we haven’t learned our lesson, or we are just choosing to ignore it as we grew potatoes again this year. In our defence
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