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This publication is for vegetable gardeners and nature-lovers far and wide. it's a 'grow your individual' guide, a recipe booklet, and a shop of attention-grabbing observations approximately average historical past within the backyard. the writer writes a deeply own account of the altering 12 months according to his first-hand event and a true affection for his matters and locality. visiting week-by-week during the vegetable and fruit turning out to be calendar, this mixture of functional recommendation, humour and knowledge on and round the plot satisfies armchair gardeners and full-on nature lovers alike. inspiration frightening, inspiring - sometimes not easy - this can be a ebook that may be taken to mattress as an end-of-day muse; or get dogeared and soiled as a vital relief to cultivating and cooking home-grown meals.

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Mildness and moisture bring them out. The slick wetness of tarmaced runways proves an irresistible lure as they answer the instinctive call of their ancestral ponds and ditches. These are ancient creatures for whom evolution has not equipped a knowledge or fear of such unnatural environs. And so they sit there, gulping and blinking on an endless black lily-pad waiting, as only frogs do, for something to happen. And of course, something is always happening on the roads. The pause is only fleeting, a calm to be smashed by the fourwheeled storm that is crashing along even now with blinding illumination and a choking backwash.

A patchwork of fields lies before, studded with huge creamy-grey ash trees, hedges thick with briar, thorn, greenfinch, robin and more, looking ‘mid-March gorgeous’. Tussocky grass, as befits pasture set aside for future building of homes and gardens, driveways and service roads, but currently adopted by half the town’s dog walkers, is a jungle of pale green and yellow tufts stretching away like a wind-whipped sea. An island of four limes stands proud in the middle, lending to the pastoral scene a thicket of sucker growth beneath their majestic, mature forms.

Thin carrots and beetroots. • Keep on top of the weeds in the asparagus bed. • Keep the hoe busy. • Listen out for the first cuckoo of the year. A In the Garden Watching and Listening As April transcends magically into May, Dirty Nails has the time of his life getting amongst his veg at every opportunity. As with children, tender loving care lavished at a young and formative age is a worthwhile investment for hopefully a healthy and productive life. There is so much going on outdoors at this time of year that it is sometimes hard to keep track of it.

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