Tomatoes

It is a great feeling to now have the tomatoes in the ground and watered in. As a gardener in England we worry most about blight. To try and keep blight away as long as possible I have planted marigolds under with the hope of stopping the water splashing up onto the leaves and lifting the blight up onto the plants.

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Support

It is a great end to the week when you get to a job that you have had on your mind all week. The broad beans needed to be tried up. I was worried that we would get strong winds and they would fall over. Support given.

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Flowers

At this time of the year for me the most interesting thing happening in the garden is the development of flowers. The plant with the flowers I am most interested in is the blueberry. I love the simplicity of the white flowers. This is a new plant for me.

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Beet tops

The winter beetroot has started to run to seed. This is a time when we need greens. The seed tops are very useful in the kitchen, either to eat as a green or sweated down for a tart with something like feta or even raw in salad. They have a nutty taste.

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Kitchen yard

Each year I have enjoyed the kitchen yard more and more. It is a part of the garden that I often potter in while food is cooking or I am waiting for something or someone. This is the joy of these spaces so close to the house. It is a perfect size

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Wild

It is the perfect moment to be in this part of Spain, the wild flowers are at their best.   I really love seeing plants that we grow in domestic gardens in the wild. The plant that I loved seeing the most was the lavender, I have never seen it in such a scale. Another area was a sea of blue Echium valgare and white chamomile.

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Seasonal

I talked a lot yesterday about how important seasonal eating is to me and how much better the taste of fruit and vegetables are when in season. Today I had a great day out of the city looking at plants in the wild and also visiting a great vegetable garden. In this part of Spain it is the moment for strawberries and so I ate them like it was my last day on earth. No chemicals were used on these and they where warm, so perfect!

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