Wednesday, 23 May 2018 14:04

    Tickety Boo

    A strange name for a cafe, but a delightful setting overlooking the orchard at Harvey's Garden Plants in Thurston. Outside you can watch the chickens scratching and I like it best early in the morning for a decent coffee. Plenty of homemade cakes and baked goods are also on offer, plus some gluten free and 'free from' choices too. The salads could be a little more inspiring than quartered tomatoes and sliced, unpeeled cucumber though.

    Published in Cafe and tea rooms
    Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:35

    Whole lotta lovage

    Hardly ever seen until this year but now it's trendy and on every menu. It grows like a weed in my garden. My favourite way to use it is to rub my salad bowl with a big handful of the stuff and it will impart a lovely savoury Bovril like flavour. When used raw in dishes it can be very overpowering. The first young stalks of spring are the best for a delicious delicate flavour.

    Published in Home Grown
    Tuesday, 12 May 2015 20:30

    The Garden Post


    Barbara Segall writes about gardens and herbs. Some great tips on her blog for growing and harvesting your own produce. 

    Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:50

    From small seeds...

    Terry Rayner came home from work one day in 2003 and announced to his wife Win that he was quitting work.  Win asked Terry what he was planning to do, "Start up a seed business." "Where?" asked Win.  "In the garden shed" replied Terry, and so Terwin Seeds was formed. (Yes. Terry and Win, Terwin!)   Win told me she was a little nervous when several tons of seed potatoes arrived on their doorstep, but the business has grown and now they have an online shop and a small unit in Cockfield, Suffolk.  I met them at last weeks Edible Garden Show. As I have predicted Buckwheat to trend I picked up a pack of the sprouting seeds to try.

    Published in Fruit and veg
    Monday, 09 July 2012 11:04

    Too much rain - too much veg

    Well I hope all you farmers like it because I've had enough, although my garden is bursting with spinach, rainbow chard, new potatoes and beans - we need some sun ...
    Published in Home Grown