Rain

They said it would rain today so I got out there to weed first thing and the break up the soil so that the water would get in. We had such hard soil after not getting rain for a while. I was happy to feel and smell the rain and it is still falling now.

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Apples

Tom gave me a selection of apples to try. I have enjoyed trying both after a meal or cut up on my oats in the morning. The one that I enjoy most is named ‘Scrumptious’ , it has a very interesting flavour, it is of fennel. It’s parents and Discovery and Golden delicious. Bred in England. It is the apple one the far left of the photo.

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Potatoes

We now have the perfect weather for blight to hit, warm and wet. I am not ready to take the potatoes out of the ground so I have cut the foliage down to the ground so that we do not get blight. It has also made me weed the area, it was a great job done. The potatoes will be lifted after the symposium.

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Kitchen yard

I am really enjoying the pots that I have in the kitchen yard, it is such a great space and each year we have more pots of vegetables in the yard. I not only have my new favourite bean in the high garden but also have it in a pot in the yard, ‘Australian Butter’.

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Thank you Edward

Yesterday I had to thank Edward for a great summer, he has gone on to work in Her Majesty’s tax office, that is what he has a first class degree in. I have known Edward since he was about two and I have to say I did not know when I took him on that he would be such a great gardener, he finds it very natural. I will very much miss my two days a week with such a special person. Good luck Edward in your new job.

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Home

This September I am going to go back to NZ, I am really looking forward to a trip back after a much-needed seven-year break. NZ will always be a big part of me but like family you sometimes need a break from them/it. While in Auckland I will give a talk about what I do in the vegetable garden here at GD. Emailinvite_GreatDixter

Potato

We grow three different potatoes here at Great Dixter for three different uses. Maybe the one I enjoy most is ‘Picasso’. This is the potato that we grow for baking and I have to say it is very hard to beat a great baked potato.

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