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From St David to St Patrick - life on the Weald in pictures.

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OUR ALLOTMENT Life on the Weald March 2017
March 2017  from St David's Day to St Patrick's Day According to the Meteorological Calendar, 1st March is the first day of Spring - if you are using the astronomical calendar you have to wait until 20th March. I didn't visit the allotment on 1st March but ...

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OUR ALLOTMENT Life on the Weald - February 2017 (2)
February 2017  (2) In the middle of February we had a few bright spring-like days which enabled us to do a bit more weed clearing - the biggest problems being couch grass, bindweed and brambles.  Much of the bindweed and bramble is deep rooted so it will be...

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Life on the Weald - February 2017 (2)
February 2017  (2) In the middle of February we had a few bright spring-like days which enabled us to do a bit more weed clearing - the biggest problems being couch grass, bindweed and brambles.  Much of the bindweed and bramble is deep rooted so it will be...

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OUR ALLOTMENT - Life on The Weald February 2017
February 2017 A double hernia operation just before Xmas and an eye operation in January have delayed some essential work and the amount of rain hasn't helped in enabling us to prepare the soil for planting and there is still a lot of weed clearance and dig...

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LIFE ON THE WEALD - January 2017
January 2017 We went a bit over the top with garlic planting towards the end of 2016. I had bought two varieties from the site shop a white one and a purple one  Provence Wight & Purple Wight but I had also ordered variety from Sutton's which included  Eden...

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OUR ALLOTMENT - Life on The Weald
November 2016 November was a month of frenzied activity.  I managed to sow a double row of Aquadulce broad beans in the last week of October and a second double row a fortnight later. The first sowing were up by the middle of November and the second just sh...

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MEGRIM SOLE
WHICH SOLE TODAY? WITCH SOLE (TORBAY) MEGRIM also known in UK as Cornish Sole, Torbay Sole, Witch, Sail-Fluke, Fluke or Whiff  Sadly Megrim rarely appears in our fishmongers in the UK a lthough it is found in English waters, especially around Cornwall.  I h...

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MEGRIM SOLE
Megrim Sole - whole pan-fried Last year I bought a couple of Megrim Sole in Santa Pola Usually, I would roast or bake in the oven in a foil parcel as I did with the ones above which I cooked with sumac, garlic, oregano and tomatoes.  this takes about 15 min...

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PEBRELLA,
   PEBRELLA - wild mountain thyme I cannot believe that in all the years I have been visiting Spain I had not seen or heard of Pebrella until last week, when I saw it among the dried herbs in a supermarket in Santa Pola. I learned that pebrella (thymus pipe...
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