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Peaches and Nectarines

Peaches and Nectarines

The first time I lay in the shade of a peach tree I'd planted, a glorious early August day it was too, I was dozing in a cloud of peach perfume - the ripening fruit telling anyone who'd listen that they were on their way. A single fruit left the...More >
Tags: Peaches, Nectarines, Growing Peaches, Growing Nectarines, homegrown, Mark Diacano
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Alitex at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Success at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Last week was certainly the highlight of the horticultural calendar as we spent our days enjoying the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Main Avenue was bustling with energy as people browsed the show gardens and neighbouring displays. We were pleased to...More >
Tags: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018, greenhouses, glasshouse, Interior design, garden design
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Mark Diacono Chelsea Flower Show 2018 Show Garden

A Floral Exhibit at RHS Chelsea with Mark Diacono

That noise you just heard was dozens of garden designers exhaling with relief that spring has finally arrived. If we can just squeeze a couple of months worth of sun into the next few weeks, then we can all be confident of a fantastic Chelsea Flower...More >
Tags: Mark Diacono Chelsea Flower Show 2018, Chelsea Show Garden, kitchen garden, Edible Garden, greenhouse, Mottisfont
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Chillis

Planting Mediterraneans in January

Every Valentine's Day, my wife knows she'll hear those three special words from me: 'Just sowing chillis'. It is my default day for sowing all chillis and the other Mediterraneans - peppers, tomatoes and aubergines. I also sow a speculative batch in...More >
Tags: Chillis, Mark Diacono, Otter Farm, Chilli varieties, growing mediterraneans
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Raspberry and Szechuan Pepper

Mark Diacono: Four Garden Recipes

If, like me, you have a penchant for leather, read on. In those few weeks between summer proper and the woodsmoke of autumn, I like to do a little preserving. A little pickling, freezing and drying of what's coming to an end in September. This year...More >
Tags: Mark Diacono, Guest blog, Otter Farm, garden recipes, fruit leather, pickled chillies, salt and pepper padron peppers, shiso and rose vodka
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Mark Diacono's Garden Cocktails

Garden Cocktails

I like Jane Fonda. I like Jane Fonda for a lot of reasons, but chief among them this week, is that she has reminded me of the pleasures of ginger ale. Men (mostly in beards that they will one day see as the facial equivalent of leg warmers) have...More >
Tags: Garden cocktails, cocktails, bellini, gimlet, rum, prosecco, mojito, Mark Diacono, Otter Farm, kitchen garden, herbs, cocktail recipes
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Lavender

Five Herbs from the new Kitchen Garden

I have a sunburnt ear. I also have a new garden. Six weeks ago, there was a sea of mud; today, a young but beautiful kitchen garden. It's not often you get to start again from scratch, to windscreen wipe the mistakes and follow new ideas without the...More >
Tags: Mark Diacono, Otter Farm, Guest blog, kitchen garden, herbs
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Annual Lecture 2017 with Mark Diacono

Alitex Annual Lecture with Mark Diacono

Introducing... Mark Diacono, the speaker of our annual lecture 2017. Mark is an award winning food writer, grower and photographer. Mark also runs Otter Farm , the UK's only climate change farm, growing fruit and vegetables that traditionally only...More >
Tags: Annual Lecture, Mark Diacono, Otter Farm, Garden Talk
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