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Cutting edge technology

(or: Clarkie Goes Soft) For a change, I’m not going to bore you with words. Well, perhaps just a few. Irrespective of hemisphere, you can clone your favourite plant with softwood cuttings. I say irrespective of hemisphere, because although I am conditioned to taking softwood cuttings from June to August, the name of the month […]

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Plant Passports – Part Two

(continued from Part One) HM Customs & Excise are equally unhelpful. Their website reminds us that non-food plants are subject to VAT, so if you have the temerity to bring a wee cutting of the Bird of Paradise back to the UK after your brief sojourn in Spain you must declare it and pay the […]

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Plant Passports – Part One

This is probably the most unhelpful piece I’ve ever written for this column. And as an opening statement, I’ve just broken Rule No 1 for wannabe journos everywhere. I feel justified, though. The story starts on the British Expat Forum, in the humble but evergreen Clark in the Park board. Several queries have cropped up […]

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Tattie Trials

Forgive me for writing with my mouth full, but I just can’t stop eating the very first of my parsley-buttered White Duke of Yorks. I have broken my own record by ten days. In fact, for the first time in my life, I have not bought tatties to bridge the gap between last year’s and […]

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The Henrik Larssens of the veggy plot

It’s the only thing Baldrick and I have in common. Honest. This obsession with the turnip. I had a wee peek back through the Garden Gate, and was amazed that I had not offered you something on neeps. This will now be put right. For the purposes of clarity, let me first define neep nomenclature. […]

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