Mint condition: a chance connection leads to new herbs

       Some weeks ago, as I was pulling away at labyrinthine ground elder roots (a satisfying task if ever there was one), Right-But-One Neighbour drifted up holding out a piece of paper and said, 'This lady is giving away some herbs. Do give her a ring, she might let you have some.' In urgent need…

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of August

     The temperature has dropped, the evenings are darkening, brisk breezes sweep the trees and knock my giraffe-like vine tomato Jeremy to the ground: it's only just August but it feels like the best of summer is over and autumn has set in. Every day when I walk through the front garden another of our…