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The Polytunnel in July

It’s already mid July and summer is well and truly here. We’ve had our first heatwave making it extremely hot in the polytunnel. In these conditions, the only thing to do is water the plants very early in the morning, open all the doors and side ventilation and leave it be until dinner time for…

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Recipe; Courgette, Ginger and Lemon Jam

Overgrown Courgettes After baking 3 chocolate courgette cakes and 2 savoury courgette cakes I am still finding overgrown courgettes through the thick foliage. It was time to do something drastic with these whoppers. I searched the net for a jam recipe that involves courgette. I tried one last year but failed miserably because I was…

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What To Do with Overgrown Courgettes? Make a Cake!

Glut It is that time again when courgettes grow out of control before your very eyes. The large leaves often conceal even the whoppers and in no time you find you just can’t keep up with harvesting. Hating waste, I have been searching for new and unusual recipes to help deal with the courgette glut…

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Courgette Lasagne – Villas style…

Courgette Season My great Aunt Winifred always raised a smile at around this time of year when she quipped  “Hmmmm…. I see courgette season is upon us with its usual severity!” …and lo and behold, here it is AGAIN! One August several years ago, in a bid to reduce our ever increasing courgette mountain, I…

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Seed Management At The Villas

This is a post from Guestblogger Bridget Elahcene. Bridget writes about her Life At The Villas (@lifeatthevillas) Seed Catalogues Buying seeds surely has to be one of the most exciting parts of growing your own. Tantalising seed catalogues arrive in the post with colourful pictures of perfect produce… Many an hour of a winter evening have…

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