Ben Cooper's July Spicy BBQ Grilled Chicken with Crunchy Fennel Salad
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Ben Cooper's July Spicy BBQ Grilled Chicken with Crunchy Fennel Salad

What is in season in July? Aubergine, Beetroot, Blackberries, Blackcurrants, Blueberries, Broad Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cherries, Chicory, Chillies, Courgettes, Cucumber, Gooseberries, Greengages, Fennel, French Beans, Garlic, Kohlrabi, Loganberries, New Potatoes, Onions, Peas, Potatoes, Radishes,...

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July - "a blind date with summer.”

With all the watering and feeding, tying in and so on there hardly seems room to sow anything. However when any gaps appear, there are crops to sow in July to give late autumn/ early...

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Stop beating about the bush

Bush  beans Or Dwarf French beans as we know them in the UK. Some are pencil shaped; others flat green, yellow or purple pods. These varieties are very forgiving, requiring little or no support and...

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June - the time of perfect young summer
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June - the time of perfect young summer

  Hurrah, summer has arrived along with the swifts. As the soil dries out and warms up, we can start thinking about sowing direct into the soil and planting out our carefully nurtured tender varieties. ...

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Shaggy bob ( or doing the Chelsea Chop)

RHS Virtual gardens are now available to view online. This time of year usually hosts the Chelsea Flower show - instigating the 'Chelsea Chop'. The weather this year will delay the snipping and pruning but...

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Basil classic italian or sweet genovese in a pot on the windowsill
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Never too late, but a bit early?

Or what to sow now? Although by May we should be sowing seeds of all kinds direct in the ground, our weather is not that dependable -  thunder and lightning, heatwave, frost, wind, snow and hail; just...

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Ben Cooper's November Butternut Squash, Leek, and Pumpkin seed Risotto
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Ben Cooper's November Butternut Squash, Leek, and Pumpkin seed Risotto

November Apples, Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celeriac, Celery, Chestnuts, Chicory, Cranberries, Elderberries, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kale, Leeks, Onions, Parsnips, Pears, Potatoes, Pumpkin, Swede, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Watercress, Wild Mushrooms, Winter Squash.  Butternut...

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Fragrant Sweet Spot - sweet peas

This year I grew sweet peas ‘Heaven scent’  in a large ornamental 12” plastic pot, up a small obelisk.  They bloomed throughout the summer providing a constant source of fragrant colourful bouquets. Previously, back in...

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yellow crocus spring flowering
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Buried treasure (bulbs)

There are all sorts of bulbs, corms, tuberous roots and rhizomes available to suit different growing conditions, locations and soils. Most require good drainage and prefer sunny locations. Our native varieties have acclimatised to our...

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