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All I want for Christmas is…..a veg plot!

Some people think that to be a successful vegetable gardener you need a big garden, but this is simply not true. Even if you have just one square metre of space you can grow a worthwhile crop. Have you considered the balcony? Or the steps outside the back door? Or even the roof of your…

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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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Addicted to Chillis, Guest Blogger Mark Comes Clean

Macho Whilst a lot of young men would not want to admit that they were fond of gardening, they would certainly not hesitate to admit to growing chillis. Chilli-growing has recently developed into a very popular cult – and a very male-dominated, macho one at that! At approaching 60, I definitely don’t fit that stereotype, but…

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Growing Grape Vines at the Villas

Every week I email a gardening question to the panel of experts at BBC Radio Norfolk’s The Garden Party  and then eagerly listen to the programme the following day, scribbling down the gems of information they kindly offer. Sometimes Laila sends a question or two as well. This is a transcript of the advice that The…

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How to Preserve Figs

A good year for figs 2013 has turned out to be a good year for figs at the Villas, making up for the fact that our five year old tree tree only offered us a somewhat-less-than-grand total of just three fruit last year! Due to the fact that the fruit all reached ripeness at roughly…

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