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How to satisfy modern women’s appetite.

How to satisfy modern women’s appetite.

for the modern woman a dishy man takes on a whole new different meaning

A new study shows that modern women have a good appetite but an adverse reaction to any form of cooking. Modern women it seems are very good at drinking and eating but are utterly opposed to the actions which come before these two events; grape crushing and food preparation. Today, a modern woman expects her […]

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Small Crowds

Small Crowds

weekly words for the wise is back after a long gap

All the crowds have gone, the tourists have left, the square is empty, well, except for the locals who hang around all day with nothing better to do than drink wine and talk mushrooms. Not that they did anything different when the square was full, just that they are more noticeable now that it is […]

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Slow Economic Fantasy

Slow Economic Fantasy

A few years ago I wrote the following  article  and hey.. my predictions have become fact… except that Europe didn’t plan it and instead of embracing it they are trying to avoid it. Slow Economic Fantasy Is a bigger economy the way to go? How much can something grow before it causes you problems. Just imagine […]

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No-plant, Dig-only: Cold Dressing

No-plant, Dig-only: Cold Dressing

The NO-PLANT,DIG-ONLY vegetable garden methodology has liberated my freezer and fridge from their horticultural storage duties and hence the accommodation is now a little too ample for my six cans of lager and year old bag of frozen peas. Therefore I have decided to optimize the space by converting them into summer wardrobes. On a […]

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No-plant, Dig-only: Aspiring Little Greens People

No-plant, Dig-only: Aspiring Little Greens People

Many youngsters who are being forced-fed vegetables by their parents and overzealous school dinner ladies have contacted me to express their support for the NO-PLANT, DIG-ONLY vegetable garden. Many have asked for more details on how to get their parents involved and maybe even start a school horticulture project with obligatory integration of the produce […]

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No-plant, dig only vegetable garden

No-plant, dig only vegetable garden

I just love digging up vegetable beds and can’t think of anything better than spending an afternoon with my hands in the dirt, head in the sun and beer can in the hand. Unfortunately, not every afternoon! hence last year’s vegetable crop was quantitatively very low. I believe that lucrative distant distractions led me and […]

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Deety’s 2012 gardening tips

Deety’s 2012 gardening tips

The best advice I can give is to plant and harvest early and don’t bother with any late December vegetables. Think Fresh: 2012 is not a good year for preserves. 2012 Vegetables are best eaten fresh or sold for cash. Do not give credit or accept long term payments. Horticultural alignment is in fashion this […]

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Walk-In Darwinian Wardrobe (Evolving Man Drawers)

Walk-In Darwinian Wardrobe  (Evolving Man Drawers)

Many of you will be familiar with the man drawer, usually located in the kitchen and full of ever so useful things. Well this phenomena if left unchecked can easily mutate, evolve and spread to the whole house especially for born again bachelors. In just a few months I have successfully managed to convert most […]

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Red Hot Chili Peppers go Walkabouts

Red Hot Chili Peppers go Walkabouts

They are the hottest thing in town at the moment,  the red hot chili peppers have moved to Barga Vecchia. As news of their arrival spread,  people flocked to see their live performance and as expected they put on a scorching show. Although the official show is now over,  the chilies have decided to continue […]

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Seamless High-Rise Tomatoes Seek New Home

Seamless High-Rise Tomatoes Seek New Home

No I didn’t mean seedless, It’s not a spelling mistake, my high-rise tomatoes home is literally falling apart at the seams. The sun has roasted the canvas carrier bag that they have been hanging about in, it is now rotting to pieces. I called in a local tailor, but with no inside leg to measure […]

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Cat gardeners

Cat gardeners

No, not my gardening skills, I am talking about real cats, Luna and Tiger who in the past few months have been helping me out in the orto. Tiger took a liking to the strawberries, she climbed up and somehow managed to sit in the bucket, in the end she got used to it and […]

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How to grow high rise bonsai tomatoes

How to grow high rise bonsai tomatoes

I like to think positively hence I have changed the title and objective of this article and hey presto everything is a success. The technique for growing successful bonsai tomatoes is very similar to that used for the upside down tomatoes, in fact it is exactly the same but  with the added advantage that they […]