Never Garden without Tea

Actually, that should read ‘never garden without tea and cake’ but there are the odd, occasional times when I’ve not baked and have to make do with digestives. I don’t see the point in not making event gardening an event in itself. I know plenty of plotholders who just come down to dig/weed/hose and then…

Skirret

“The sweetest, whitest and most pleasant of roots,” raves gentleman gardener John Worlidge, in his 1677 Systema Horticulturae Or The Art of Gardening. “Pleasant and wholesome,” agrees Culpeper’s Complete Herbal. Yet the subtle sweetness of the modest skirret, noted by Pliny as the Emperor Tiberius’s favourite and a mainstay of Tudor tables, is all but…