It is perfectly safe for garden centres to reopen, according to one of the UK’s leading plant wholesalers. Paul Rochford, director of Joseph Rochford Gardens Ltd, believes that garden centres…

  Wendy Humphries, letters editor Nigel Slater I am no perfectionist when it comes to culinary skills, which is why ‘Eat’ by Nigel Slater is my go-to cookery book among…

One of the great advantages of posting a daily blog here is that we can bring news to you as and when it breaks. The latest comes from France where,…

In tabloid speech of yore, the Easter weekend just gone would doubtless have been described as ‘COR WHAT A SCORCHER!’ Four days of almost wall-to-wall sunshine and temperatures up in…

Life on the Allotment: Spuds

Giant pumpkin In less than a week the pumpkin seed I planted has germinated. I planted two pumpkin ‘Autumn Mammoth’ seeds, and so far only one has sprung to life.…