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Open farm weekend in France – visit plant-nurseries
5 years ago

Open farm weekend in France – visit plant-nurseries

When we first arrived in France I had big troubles finding plant nurseries or garden centres around Grenoble or in the Isere region. I have told you this before. I …
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Frugal gardening: how to save tomato seeds
6 years ago

Frugal gardening: how to save tomato seeds

By  •  garden, sowing seeds

Saving tomato seeds from shop bought tomatoes is really easy. I have been doing this for the last three years pretty successfully. Every year I grow a handful of tomato …
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Buying compost in bulk around Grenoble
6 years ago

Buying compost in bulk around Grenoble

I’ve been cultivating our kitchen garden in France since 2013. This will be our third year. It will be the first year that it will be properly composted as I …
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Green asparagus planting guide
7 years ago

Green asparagus planting guide

I had the impression that I had written a post about planting green asparagus plants last year, when we planted our first asparagus. I tried to find it today, but …
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It took me 32 years to find out how chick peas grow
8 years ago

It took me 32 years to find out how chick peas grow

By  •  garden

When I was small, in Macedonia, I was first introduced to chickpeas in the form of leblebii. We bought them in nut stores all over town and ate them while …
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How to make green tomatoes red

By  •  garden

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That time of the season came where tomatoes aren’t turning red as easily as in mid-summer. In all kinds of gardening groups I’m seeing a discussion come by whether you can get green tomatoes to turn red. A lot of people say you can’t do it. It’s advised to make chutney out of the green tomatoes. Well, ever since I have had tomatoes in buckets on balcony’s and stuff I have taken green tomatoes from the bushes this time of year and placed them in a sunny place to turn red. This always turned out great and I just couldn’t understand why this wouldn’t work for other people. Maybe I had always used those small cherry tomatoes? Maybe it doesn’t work for bigger ones?

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A garden update on the black collar cabbages
8 years ago

A garden update on the black collar cabbages

By  •  garden

I believe it’s time to show you an update of my vegetable garden again. Everything is growing vividly. It’s very rewarding to finally see everything grow. Every morning I smile …
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Dandelion syrup recipe

By  •  eat, garden, sweet recipes

Last week I promised you to post the recipe of the dandelion jam if it was a succes. Well we tried it this morning and it was a big succes! …
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