Harwell Village Produce Show 2019

Should you find yourself at a loose end on Saturday 14th September why not head over to the Harwell Village Produce Show and admire the efforts of local growers young and old.  The show is at Harwell School and opens at 3pm.  For more details, see the photo.

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There are no shortage of gardens to visit and if nothing else, even in the height of summer, they provide inspiration and ideas for next year as well chance to admire the hard work of others.  And so on a visit to the parents we went to Abbeywood Gardens near Delamere (Cheshire, North-West England for those from other parts). Now if you visit the Abbeywood Website you may come away thinking this is just some wedding venue but don’t be fooled, these gardens are wonderful and bold with huge drifts of grasses, perennials and evergreens and that is before you get to the woodlands.  It really is well worth a visit.

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Thames Valley Air Ambulance Open Gardens 2019

For every wonderful heritage and historic garden in the immediate vicinity there are many more lovely smaller private gardens that, for much of the year, are closed to the public but now and again open their gates so we can enjoy their hidden delights.  The Thames Valley Air Ambulance provides an opportunity to visit a number of these gardens and should you find yourself with a spare few hours they are well worth your time.

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Staked tree with adjustable tie

Take a little walk around the car park at the Orchard Centre in Didcot and you will spot quite a few trees with a bit of a lean on them (grrr). I have also been to a number of gardens recently and found some lovely trees leaning at rather at a rakish and occasionally alarming angles. The latter we can forgive but the former we shouldn’t because if you are buying a tree, you should always always stake it.

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Leek & Goat's Cheese Crêpes

The last of the leeks had been sat outside by the kitchen door for a few weeks and really needed using if only to make a bit of room.  A visit to our well stocked recipe library came up with the suggestion of Leek & Goat’s Cheese Crêpes but enthusiasm wasn’t high.  However we were wrong and if you have a few leeks kicking around you must try this – simple and quick to prepare and cook and really rather wonderful.

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Busy Gardening

If you are looking for a gardener in Didcot, Abingdon & Wallingford (or anywhere in between) to help with those small jobs that others are not keen on then I can help. My name is Steven Bradley and I provide a small gardening service in and around where I live. Here you can find out a bit more about me, what I do and other (hopefully) useful and interesting information including how to get in touch!

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January Plant Bargains

This is the time when last years stock is being sold off by garden centre’s so if you fancy saving money on new plants, now is a really good time to visit. Whilst they might not look great now and to convince you, I have bought six plants this week and we will see how they are looking as the year progresses.

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