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Contents<br />

<strong>March</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

14<br />

58<br />


Maggie Alderson selects the best<br />

properties on the market now<br />

81<br />

88<br />


Jo Fairley’s eco-friendly<br />

beauty picks<br />

107<br />

75<br />


Get to know The New<br />

Beacon’s Mike Piercy<br />

29<br />

34<br />

54<br />

58<br />

71<br />

75<br />


This month’s news and events<br />

THE SAME,<br />


Take a look round Susan<br />

Chester’s characterful<br />

Victorian terrace<br />


Find products to give your<br />

home a vintage touch<br />


We visit Elmley National<br />

Nature Reserve to explore its<br />

sustainably decorated cottage<br />


Pared-back styling, Elmley-style<br />


Accessories with the Midas touch<br />

85<br />

87<br />

88<br />

95<br />

101<br />


Sarah Maxwell explains how to<br />

maintain an exercise regime<br />


Expert advice from<br />

nutrition and lifestyle<br />

coach Charlotte Lau<br />


Simple egg recipes with<br />

maximum impact<br />

FEED ME!<br />

Jo Arnell’s tips for a<br />

well-nourished garden<br />


Sue Whigham solves your<br />

garden invader issues<br />

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Benenden School explain<br />

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What Spring Grove School<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />

We take a look at charity<br />

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Zoë Colville gives us the<br />

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22 pages of<br />

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Editor’s<br />

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I<br />

just want to start by saying a big hello to all our new readers!<br />

You may have noticed that <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> is popping up in<br />

Tesco and Sainsbury’s stores across Kent and Sussex and we’re<br />

thrilled to be getting lots of lovely feedback from people who have<br />

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been up to and what you think of the magazine, so please do get<br />

in touch with me at lucy.fleming@priceless-group.com to fill us in!<br />

We hope that WT continues to provide a little light relief<br />

and inspiration at such a difficult time, and this issue is no<br />

different with our monthly mix of interiors, recipes, fashion and<br />

garden advice. This month, we’ve focused in on interiors for our<br />

Supplement, and my colleague Rebecca Cuffe has been researching<br />

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boards and read all about designer dream rooms after page 72.<br />

It’s easy to say – but sometimes incredibly hard to put into<br />

practice – that during an unprecedented situation like this we<br />

all need to remember to take time for ourselves. If you want<br />

to know how, then turn to our health pages for expert advice<br />

and achievable goals from personal trainer Sarah Maxwell<br />

and nutritionist Charlotte Lau. Both explain how to nourish<br />

yourself mentally and physically and – most importantly –<br />

why it’s vital to give yourself a break from time to time!<br />

For the ultimate in escapism, and to regain a little<br />

control of something, join Jo Arnell and Sue Whigham in<br />

the garden to find out how to prep your outside space<br />

for its best summer yet, and make sure you can deter<br />

the pests who seek to destroy it – the kind way!<br />


BY<br />


Enjoy your <strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong>!<br />

<strong>Wealden</strong> <strong>Times</strong> & Surrey Homes Team<br />

Editor ............................................................................................ Lucy Fleming<br />

News & Features Editor ...............................................................Rebecca Cuffe<br />

Design Director ..........................................................................Anthony Boxall<br />

Executive Chairman ...................................................................... Julie Simpson<br />

Managing Director .............................................................. Vivien Cotterill-Lee<br />

Sales Managers ..................................................................................... Jen Crisp<br />

Lisa Gordon-Hughes<br />

Senior Account Managers ............................................................... Maria Hurley<br />

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Previous pages & above: The sitting room has a real parlour feeling, with a splendid chandelier and wall sconces and a glass-fronted bureau<br />

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This page: The dining room is in the extension that Susan<br />

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Above: Vintage finds are grouped together on a marble-topped table in one corner of the dining room<br />

very cleverly. “The wall cupboard and central island<br />

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This page: Susan created the central island from two old dressers<br />

with a new wooden worktop on top. Storage in this room includes<br />

an old white meat safe, sitting on the counter, with a set of<br />

vintage industrial drawers, painted black, on the wall above it.<br />

The wooden floor used to be the old gym floor from Rye College<br />

school. The stripes of yellow and red are from the court markings.<br />

“I deliberately didn’t have them matched up,” says Susan<br />

places, heading up the stairs with a very characterful central<br />

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The sitting room has a real parlour feeling, with a<br />

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Above: Light pours in through a bay window, enhancing this bedroom’s space and high ceilings with their original decorative<br />

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using organic all-cotton make-up pads to take off<br />

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and incurs its own carbon footprint. (What’s more, only<br />

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to being repurposed, according to Zero Waste Europe.)<br />

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love that idea, because it feels so, so wrong to throw away a fabulous flacon.<br />

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Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach<br />

Charlotte Lau gives her<br />

recommendations to prioritise<br />

your health this <strong>March</strong><br />

Ahhhh… sleep. Whether you can’t get enough of it or<br />

you feel like you can live off four hours a night, there is<br />

no hiding from the fact that it is critical to our overall<br />

health and wellbeing. Whilst research has shown 7-9 hours to<br />

be the sweet spot, our busy lifestyles often view it as ‘optional’;<br />

where work, socialising, catching up on box sets or scrolling<br />

take priority. Sleep is vital for re-energising and repairing our<br />

bodies; it supports our brain, memory and immune system,<br />

balances our hormones, helps manage our weight and even<br />

affects our mood. Research has found that just one night<br />

of disrupted sleep can increase production of the hormone<br />

ghrelin, which makes us crave those sugary snacks and often<br />

overeat. As well as prioritising sleep there are dietary and<br />

lifestyle habits we can adopt to ensure better quality sleep.<br />

Give it a go...<br />

eat to promote sleep<br />

The chemical tryptophan helps to set sleep patterns.<br />

It is a naturally occurring amino acid that is the<br />

chemical building block of melatonin. Dietary<br />

sources of tryptophan include bananas, tuna, turkey<br />

and peanut butter. When you combine these with a<br />

complex carbohydrate they can help promote sleep;<br />

try banana slices on an oatcake or half a wholegrain<br />

pitta with tuna. Top up on magnesium… it is a<br />

wonderful muscle relaxant and consuming a little<br />

more magnesium in the evening can help us to<br />

physically relax and perhaps drift off a little more<br />

easily. To build a regular sleep pattern add green,<br />

leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, avocado, edamame<br />

or black beans to your shopping list but avoid refined<br />

carbohydrates, especially in the evening. Foods like<br />

white bread, white rice and pasta and sugary snacks<br />

and drinks send our blood sugar levels soaring and<br />

can cause a spike in energy and lead to irritability,<br />

which can make it difficult to switch off. Try complex<br />

carbohydrates instead like brown rice and pasta<br />

and wholemeal bread, as they may help with the<br />

absorption of tryptophan. Avoid caffeine after midmorning<br />

and limit alcohol, as both disrupt deep sleep.<br />

Learn to... embrace your natural rhythms<br />

We all have an in-built body clock, our circadian rhythm, which<br />

affects everything from our sleep, gut microbiome, metabolism,<br />

eating patterns and energy levels. Our bodies work best if we stick<br />

to a day time (activity) and night time (rest) routine. Melatonin,<br />

often known as the sleep hormone, peaks in the night hours<br />

preparing our body for sleep. You can support this by maintaining<br />

regular wake and sleep times (even on the weekends) and<br />

aim to get at least 30 minutes of natural sunlight throughout the<br />

day, to help anchor your circadian rhythm.<br />

Establishing a consistent bedtime ritual,<br />

signals to your brain that you are getting<br />

ready for sleep. Simple strategies such<br />

as creating a cool (optimal 18˚C), dark<br />

and relaxing sleeping environment<br />

(free of work, stress and technology)<br />

and a warm bath or reading before<br />

bed can often do the trick.<br />

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Blue light in the evening<br />

The trappings of modern life, our phones, laptops,<br />

LED lights and televisions surround us with unnatural<br />

blue light, which can have negative effects on our<br />

health. At night, our bodies release melatonin to help<br />

us fall asleep, however, the huge amounts of blue<br />

light that we are exposed to keeps our bodies from<br />

sending the signal to release melatonin. Without<br />

the melatonin, we won’t get the message to go to<br />

bed when it’s time and are more likely to skimp<br />

on sleep. So why not invest in some blue blocking<br />

glasses, dim your lights when the sun goes down<br />

and avoid all devices at least an hour before sleep.<br />

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Food<br />

Be Humble<br />

Whether you’re new to the chicken-keeping game<br />

with a glut of eggs, a seasoned poultry professional<br />

or just looking for a nutrient-rich, protein-packed<br />

meal option, shake up your egg repertoire with<br />

unusual recipes inspired by world cuisine<br />

Recipes: Jenny Linford, Jordan Bourke & Will Torrent<br />

Photographs: Peter Cassidy, Kate Whitaker<br />

& Jonathan Gregson<br />

Menemen<br />

Serves: 4 Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

Cooking time: 15 minutes<br />

A classic Turkish dish, this colourful version of scrambled<br />

eggs is great for a flavourful breakfast or brunch. Serve<br />

menemen with rustic bread, a crisp baguette or toast.<br />

• 200g ripe tomatoes<br />

• 6 eggs<br />

• ½ tsp Turkish pepper flakes, such as Aleppo pepper<br />

• 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves<br />

• 7g butter<br />

• 1 tablespoon olive oil <br />

• 2 spring onions, chopped <br />

• ½ green (bell) pepper, chopped<br />

• 2 tsps tomato purée<br />

• 2 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley<br />

• sea salt and black pepper, to season<br />

1 Begin by scalding the tomatoes. Pour boiling water over<br />

the ripe tomatoes in a heatproof bowl. Set aside for1 minute,<br />

then drain and carefully peel off the skin using a sharp<br />

knife. Roughly chop, reserving any juices, and set aside.<br />

2 Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl and season with<br />

the Turkish pepper flakes, thyme, salt and pepper.<br />

3 Heat the butter and oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan<br />

set over low heat. Add the spring onions and (bell) pepper and fry<br />

gently, stirring, for 2 minutes. Addthe chopped tomatoes and cook,<br />

stirring often, for 8-10 minutes, until the tomatoes have softened<br />

and form a thick paste. Add the tomato purée, mixing in well.<br />

4 Pour in the beaten, seasoned eggs and gently stir. Cook,<br />

stirring gently now and then, until the eggs are to your taste.<br />

5 Garnish with fresh parsley and serve at once.<br />

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Bibimbap<br />

Serves: 4 Prep time: 1 hour<br />

(inc. marinating time)<br />

Cooking time: 15 minutes<br />

Served in a steaming hot stone bowl,<br />

the presentation of this guilt-free dish<br />

is just as exciting as the punchy chilli<br />

and sesame flavours <strong>inside</strong>. The fried<br />

(or sometimes raw) egg nestled amongst<br />

the other ingredients makes this dish<br />

sing. Good-quality ingredients make a<br />

world of difference for a truly authentic<br />

Korean taste, and gochujang,<br />

which is a slightly sweet but<br />

fiery chilli paste, is well<br />

worth seeking out in<br />

Asian food stores.<br />

• 400g pork<br />

belly, chopped<br />

into thin<br />

2.5-cm/1-<br />

inch pieces<br />

• 400g<br />

short-grain<br />

brown rice<br />

(or brown<br />

sushi rice)<br />

• vegetable<br />

(or sunflower<br />

or rapeseed)<br />

oil, for frying<br />

• 2 carrots, cut into thin strips<br />

• ½ tsp toasted sesame oil<br />

• ½ tsp dark soy sauce<br />

• ½ tsp agave syrup<br />

• 150g oyster (or shiitake) mushrooms<br />

• 150g beansprouts<br />

• 3 onions, sliced<br />

• 200g spinach<br />

• 4 eggs<br />

• 2 spring onions, finely chopped<br />

• sea salt and black pepper, to season<br />

• black sesame seeds, to serve<br />

For the gochujang sauce:<br />

• 4tbsps gochujang paste<br />

• 4tbsps toasted sesame oil<br />

• 4tbsps dark soy sauce<br />

• 2 garlic cloves, crushed<br />

• 2tbsps agave syrup<br />

1 To make the gochujang sauce, mix<br />

together all the ingredients. Pour<br />

half the sauce over the pork belly<br />

in a bowl, cover and marinate in<br />

the fridge for at least 1 hour. Cook<br />

the rice according to the packet<br />

instructions and keep warm.<br />

2 While the rice is cooking, heat 1<br />

tablespoon of oil in a frying pan or<br />

wok and stir-fry the carrots until<br />

beginning to soften. Add the sesame<br />

oil, soy sauce and agave syrup. Cook<br />

for 1 minute over high heat, then set<br />

aside on a plate. Cook the mushrooms,<br />

beansprouts, onions and spinach<br />

(which will wilt down) separately in<br />

the same pan, and in the same way,<br />

seasoning with salt and pepper at the<br />

end. It is normal for the vegetables to<br />

be served at room temperature, as long<br />

as the rice, meat and eggs are hot, so<br />

don’t worry about keeping them warm.<br />

3 Next, stir-fry the marinated pork<br />

(with the sauce it was sitting in)<br />

until cooked through. The sauce<br />

should reduce down a little with the<br />

heat, intensifying all the flavours.<br />

4 In a separate frying pan, fry the eggs<br />

however you like them – it is nice to<br />

have the yolk a little soft for this dish.<br />

5 Dish the hot rice into bowls and<br />

top with individual piles of vegetables<br />

and meat, finishing off with the egg<br />

in the middle and a sprinkling of<br />

spring onions and sesame seeds.<br />

6 Serve with the gochujang sauce,<br />

adding as much or as little as you<br />

like. The Korean way of eating this<br />

is to mix the whole thing together<br />

like crazy until all the ingredients<br />

are combined. If it is not punchy<br />

enough, add more sauce.

Chilled Lemon Soufflés<br />

Serves: 4 Prep time: Starts the day before<br />

Soufflés are one of the most iconic French<br />

desserts and they can take a long time to master.<br />

However, this simple lemon mousse made in<br />

a ramekin and shaped with the help of some<br />

baking parchment and an elastic band looks like a<br />

soufflé without any of the fuss. The recipe works<br />

just as well with oranges and grapefruit, too.<br />

• 4 leaves of gelatine<br />

• 6 eggs, separated<br />

• 500ml whipping cream<br />

• 300g caster sugar<br />

• grated zest and juice of 4<br />

lemons, plus extra zest to<br />

decorate<br />

• icing sugar, to dust<br />

Variation (optional):<br />

• 8-12 fresh raspberries (or 8<br />

amarena cherries)<br />

You’ll need 4 ramekins<br />

1 Start the recipe the day before<br />

you want to serve the soufflés.<br />

2 First prepare the ramekins.<br />

Measure their circumference and<br />

add 1cm / ½ inch to the figure.<br />

Now measure their height and<br />

add 5cm / 2 inches to the figure.<br />

Take some baking parchment<br />

and draw four rectangles: their<br />

length should match that of<br />

the recorded circumference;<br />

and their height should match<br />

that of the recorded height.<br />

3 Cut out the rectangles of<br />

parchment and wrap each one<br />

around a ramekin. Fasten tightly<br />

in place with an elastic band<br />

or some sticky tape. Place on<br />

a baking sheet and set aside.<br />

4 Put the gelatine in a bowl<br />

of cold water to soften.<br />

5 Put the egg whites in a<br />

stand mixer or in a bowl using<br />

an electric handheld whisk<br />

and whisk until firm peaks<br />

form. Refrigerate while you<br />

continue with the recipe.<br />

6 Put the cream in the stand<br />

mixer or in a bowl using an<br />

electric handheld whisk again<br />

and whisk until soft peaks form.<br />

Don’t over-beat otherwise it will<br />

go stiff and grainy and look split.<br />

7 Put the egg yolks and sugar<br />

in a heatproof bowl over a<br />

pan of simmering water (not<br />

letting the base of the bowl<br />

touch the water). Whisk with<br />

a balloon whisk for 5 minutes<br />

or until light and foamy.<br />

This is called a ‘sabayon’.<br />

8 Put the lemon zest and juice<br />

in a saucepan over medium<br />

heat and bring to a boil.<br />

Remove from the heat and<br />

stir in the softened gelatine,<br />

squeezed of excess water.<br />

9 Add the lemon mixture to<br />

the sabayon, whisking quickly<br />

until thoroughly combined.<br />

10 Gently fold the egg whites<br />

into the lemon sabayon with<br />

a large, metal spoon. When<br />

evenly incorporated, fold in the<br />

whipped cream in the same way.<br />

11 Divide the mixture between<br />

the ramekins with a spoon – it<br />

should reach above the rim of<br />

the ramekins by about 3cm /<br />

1¼ inches and be contained<br />

by the parchment to give you<br />

that restaurant ‘soufflé’ look.<br />

12 Allow to set in the<br />

fridge overnight.<br />

13 The next day, dust with<br />

icing sugar and a little extra<br />

lemon zest to serve.<br />

For the variation:<br />

For a hidden little treat,<br />

add 2-3 fresh raspberries or<br />

amarena cherries to the base<br />

of each ramekin before you<br />

spoon in the mixture.<br />

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from Eggs All Day, published<br />

by Ryland Peters & Small<br />

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We are a family-run farm rearing Dexter cows, sheep and<br />

chickens. We believe animals should be able to roam<br />

free in the fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.<br />

We are a family-run farm rearing Dexter<br />

cows, sheep and chickens. We believe<br />

animals should be able to roam free in the<br />

fields and enjoy fresh air and green grass.<br />

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh eggs daily, home<br />

grown veg, and a variety of local products such as Kentish<br />

honey, jams, and occasionally freshly baked cakes. We also<br />

have a freezer packed with locally made pies and tasty treats.<br />

We have a nicely stocked shop with fresh<br />

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Garden<br />

Pesty<br />

Problems?<br />

Sue Whigham gives handy tips to tackle garden pests<br />

without harming the wildlife that feeds on them<br />

One of my ancient greengage trees was uprooted<br />

during one of January’s downpours and so I<br />

thought that this was a good excuse to buy<br />

a new self pollinating variety that might be a better<br />

cropper than my old favourite. However, everyone else,<br />

cooped up as we all are, has had the same thought and<br />

our local fruit tree nursery which grows hundreds of the<br />

most interesting varieties, hasn’t one single gage tree left<br />

for sale this season. We’ll have to be patient and wait<br />

until next year. What extraordinary times these are.<br />

So the answer is to spend these dark days poring<br />

through seed and plant catalogues and planning<br />

ahead. I think that the ‘planning ahead’ part is<br />

essential if the fruit trees are anything to go by.<br />

And another thing. Having got carried away with<br />

ordering some wonderful sweet pea seeds, there is now a<br />

shortage of Rootrainers, my other set having seen better<br />

days, so there’s nothing for it but to collect loo roll<br />

holders which actually do just as good a job at starting<br />

off long-rooted sweet peas, peas and beans alike. Let’s<br />

hope they don’t run out again as they did during the first<br />

lockdown and what a long time ago that now seems.<br />

But I’m digressing because I’m supposed to be majoring<br />

on ‘pesky critters’ in the garden, and perhaps particularly<br />

in the vegetable patch. What a lot of them there are. I’m<br />

not going to talk about chemicals at all because slugs and<br />

snails and all manner of other creatures are all part of<br />

the bigger picture and provide food for creatures further<br />

up the food chain such as birds and hedgehogs. I read<br />

that British gardeners still use billions of slug pellets<br />

every year but unless they are organic, the poison enters<br />

the food cycle and kills creatures like hedgehogs who<br />

find both slugs and snails a gourmet treat. Interestingly,<br />

hedgehogs don’t like ‘slimy’ slugs so they use their<br />

paws to scrape off the slime before they tuck in.<br />

Slugs are also food for a lot of our favourite garden<br />

birds especially thrushes, robins and blackbirds – also<br />

in the thrush family. They are eaten too by ground<br />

beetles, slow worms and earthworms to name just a<br />

few, so to do away with them completely will upset<br />

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forty species in the UK, only a few are pest species.<br />

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away there in the first place. And the other thing is<br />

that slugs and snails eat decomposing vegetation and<br />

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British gardeners still use billions<br />

of slug pellets every year but<br />

unless they are organic, the<br />

poison enters the food cycle and<br />

kills creatures like hedgehogs<br />

probleM<br />

with<br />

Moles?<br />

to avoid growing monocultures. He suggested that<br />

a ‘mania for growing roses leads to tunnel vision’<br />

as it enables all the pests that roses are prone to.<br />

A couple of tips for preventing disease such as<br />

blackspot from developing this season would be<br />

to think ahead and perhaps drench your roses with<br />

something like Sulphur Rose before the plant comes<br />

to life in the spring, remembering to have removed<br />

damaged leaves in the late autumn and collect and<br />

burn any left on the surrounding soil as well. Mulch<br />

the roses with well-rotted lawn clippings from last<br />

season before leaf growth. Growing parsley and chives<br />

amongst your roses is, it seems, beneficial too.<br />

The excellent Green Gardener Catalogue’s No.1<br />

best seller is Nemaslug Slug Killer. This comes in<br />

powder form and can be diluted to make up a liquid<br />

drench. It’ll kill slugs when applied once the soil has<br />

warmed up (to approx 5˚C) but as it is safe for birds,<br />

perhaps they could then be fed to the feathered-friends<br />

that you’ve encouraged into your garden with a wellstocked<br />

bird table. I’m wondering if you can’t just use<br />

citrus skins like oranges or grapefruit turned upside<br />

down or half fill a bowl with beer, bury it up to its<br />

rim and the slugs and snails will at least die happy.<br />

Fine gravel or grit is useful too. I’ve rather given up<br />

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but a circle of this around your plants certainly deters<br />

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These are sciarid flies which, although not particularly<br />

interested in the plants but more in the compost they<br />

are growing in, can nonetheless damage young plants.<br />

Things should be a bit easier in the winter as they<br />

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in houseplants until repotting and more frequent<br />

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and sends them packing, in the same way that garlic cloves grown<br />

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And save old pieces of soap. These you can boil up and dilute<br />

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both aphids and ants. If you have a penchant for perfumed<br />

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work of greenfly and blackfly. You can also order ladybird<br />

larvae which eat aphids both whilst in larvae form and after<br />

they pupate and emerge as fully fledged ladybirds. They arrive<br />

with ‘release bags’ which can be tied to whichever plant you<br />

remember being prone to aphid attack. I think that this would<br />

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And finally, the scale insect is a really annoying pest and<br />

unfortunately there are 25 different species in the UK. They have<br />

a different host and a life cycle specific to their species. They feed<br />

by sucking sap from their host and obviously this weakens the<br />

plant considerably. They excrete a sticky honeydew (which in turn<br />

attracts ants) which leads to sooty mould disfiguring the plant.<br />

We’ve certainly had it on potted camellias and a friend now has<br />

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Nematodes as long as the temperature has risen to at least 60˚F.<br />

Another idea would be to turn to Neem Oil. This is produced<br />

from the seeds of a South Asian tree in the Meliaceae family<br />

known as Azadirachta indica (Indian lilac). In the days of travel,<br />

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growing in Southern India and Myanmar. The locals would<br />

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forty different compounds have been found in parts of the tree<br />

and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. The<br />

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Azadirachin. And as well as being used in cosmetics, the oil can<br />

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Above: Sweet peas are greedy plants<br />

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Restore, Replenish, Renew<br />

This is not the beauty page, or an advert for skin<br />

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so does our soil – a quick spritz with a chemical is not<br />

enough. We also need protection from the ravages of the<br />

elements and moisture loss too. Keep your soil in great<br />

shape and your plants will be healthy, more productive<br />

and less susceptible to attack from pests and diseases.<br />

Microbiome<br />

Soil biology is a complex subject and one that we are only<br />

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the cosmos or the deep oceans than we know about the soil.<br />

We can see the monsters that patrol the soil – the moles,<br />

earthworms, beetles, slugs, centipedes etc, but all around<br />

them, and vital to their wellbeing, are the microscopic<br />

organisms, invisible to the naked eye – the fungi,<br />

nematodes, protozoa, bacteria and viruses. It is a bustling<br />

place, alive and richly diverse. Astoundingly – in fact, almost<br />

unbelievably, there are more microbes in one teaspoon of<br />

healthy soil than there are people in the world – if Horton<br />

hears a Hoo, the Hoos can hear their own micro Hoos too.<br />

There is much talk these days about our gut microbiomes<br />

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otherwise) to regulate our bodily functions. A similar thing<br />

is happening with plants in the area around their roots called<br />

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health of the plant. The exact combinations and connections<br />

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soil is loam, which, when squeezed will almost form<br />

a ball and then crumble nicely into a heap again.<br />

Improve the soil’s structure<br />

Clay is fertile and tends to be naturally slightly<br />

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bulky organic matter and grit. Clay (and silty) soils<br />

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on or under the surface, leading to problems with<br />

drainage and poor penetration of plant roots. You can<br />

help warm the soil by placing a layer of black plastic<br />

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or pots, before planting out when the soil has warmed.<br />

Sandy soil is nice and easy to work and fast to warm<br />

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do try to sieve out some of the bigger ones if you can,<br />

while you’re working in the soil – over time they will<br />

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If the site is too stony, it may not be suitable. You may<br />

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Garden<br />

Clockwise from above left: Organic matter is the best<br />

soil conditioner; Dahlias like rich soil; Willow will grow in<br />

damp soil; Use cloches to warm the soil up in spring<br />

compost) will improve the soil structure. Soil needs to<br />

have tiny pockets of air in it – to encourage earthworms<br />

and beneficial micro-organisms and help the plants’ roots<br />

penetrate. Plant roots also need oxygen. The addition of<br />

organic matter also helps the soil to retain nutrients and<br />

moisture – and prevents weeds. Mushroom compost is<br />

alkaline, which is good for vegetable gardens. Manure<br />

and compost are excellent, adding bulk and nutrients.<br />

Make sure any horse or farmyard manure is well rotted,<br />

or it will scorch roots and may contain pathogens.<br />

No digging<br />

The theory is that digging does more harm than good,<br />

disturbing the balance of micro-organisms and destroying<br />

the structure of the soil and releasing carbon into the<br />

atmosphere. Stop digging and the soil becomes more<br />

stable, there’s less likelihood of erosion, and you won’t<br />

need to water it a lot as it will retain more moisture. The<br />

plants will be healthier, because the soil is healthier and<br />

there will be fewer pests. There is no need to dig if you<br />

have good soil and can wait for the worms to incorporate<br />

organic matter down into the soil – spread a thick layer of<br />

manure over in autumn/winter and let nature do the rest.<br />

Feed me<br />

The three main plant nutrients are: nitrogen (chemical symbol:<br />

N) for good leaf growth, phosphorous (P) for promoting<br />

strong root growth and potassium (K) for flowers and to aid<br />

the ripening of fruit. These key elements are available to the<br />

plants – dissolved in the soil and are taken up by the plants’<br />

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Welcoming Day Boarders<br />

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Lockdown Lessons<br />

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screens. Regular school assemblies always bring the school<br />

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What’s On in <strong>March</strong><br />

Charity work<br />

Thur 11 Mar 6.30-7.30pm<br />




Renowned author and foodwriter,<br />

Irina Georgescu, is hosting a<br />

Virtual Cook-along. Irina’s latest<br />

book ‘Carpathia - food from the<br />

heart of Romania’ has received<br />

wide acclaim and was recognised<br />

by the Sunday <strong>Times</strong> as one of the<br />

best cookery books of 2020. Irina<br />

wants to share her excitement and<br />

fascination for Romanian food<br />

and will be demonstrating her<br />

delicious ‘Chicken with baked<br />

sauerkraut and dill polenta’. All<br />

proceeds will benefit Hospices<br />

of Hope which supports hospice<br />

care in south east European<br />

countries, including Romania.<br />

Tickets: £10 (must book in advance)<br />

01959 525110 /<br />

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Recycle your bike<br />

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If you are unemployed or not<br />

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long term illness, or interested in<br />

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From 22 <strong>March</strong><br />


BORDE HILL Garden,<br />

West Sussex<br />

So many people rediscovered the<br />

huge benefits of being outdoors<br />

in the fresh air over the last year,<br />

and a series of wellbeing events<br />

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most of Borde Hill Garden’s<br />

glorious setting. On 22 <strong>March</strong>,<br />

22 May and 2 October, women’s<br />

wellbeing days ‘A Wild Escape in<br />

Warren Wood’ will use bushcraft<br />

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exercises to help participants<br />

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pressures of everyday life. On 12<br />

May, 16 June and 14 July, visitors<br />

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using touch and smell as well as<br />

sight, on a ‘Nature for Wellbeing’<br />

guided sensory walk. Entry and<br />

some events must be pre-booked.<br />

bordehill.co.uk<br />

From 26 April<br />


Guildford Shakespeare Company<br />

(GSC) is accepting submissions<br />

and referrals for their free<br />

dramatherapy sessions for<br />

teenagers with mental health<br />

difficulties and their parents from<br />

26 April. Now in its third year,<br />

‘With My Eyes’ is a unique course<br />

of free workshops for people aged<br />

12-18, in which parents take part<br />

alongside their children. Working<br />

with registered dramatherapists,<br />

‘With My Eyes’ helps families to<br />

break the cycle of mental health<br />

issues in a safe environment.<br />

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Slow,<br />

Grow, Eat<br />

Hairdresser-turned-shepherdess, Zoë Colville farms<br />

nearly 100 acres of land near Maidstone with her<br />

partner, Chris Woodhead. With prime focus on their<br />

animals’ wellbeing, together they rear cows, sheep,<br />

goats and pigs, eventually selling their meat through<br />

The Little Farm Fridge. This month, Zoë explains<br />

why spring is now her favourite season on the farm<br />

The fields are full of newborns, the flowers are<br />

sprouting, we are just about finishing up in daylight<br />

and – most importantly – we aren’t cleaning<br />

mud off the hallway walls daily! My favourite season, for<br />

as long as I can remember, always used to be summer.<br />

Feeling the sun on your skin is such a delight and during<br />

the deep dark depths of winter it’s hard to envisage how<br />

it feels to not be in 50 layers of waterproofs. Since I<br />

started farming full time however, I’ve realised summer<br />

isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. It’s just a constant cycle of<br />

filling water troughs and moaning to ourselves and other<br />

farmers about the lack of grass. Spring is where it’s at.<br />

Bringing new life into the world is exhausting but possibly<br />

one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve experienced. It<br />

comes with its challenges, of course, but what job doesn’t?<br />

As long as everyone’s happy and healthy (including us!) and<br />

has a full belly, then we are doing okay. During lambing<br />

season we stay on site in a 15 foot caravan, the Compass<br />

Corona (I’m not even joking). We bought it on a whim<br />

just before lockdown last year – the rule was no livestock<br />

in the caravan. Well, two days into lambing and my 4am<br />

wake up call was Chris plonking 3 hypothermic triplets<br />

on the doormat <strong>inside</strong> the door. The adrenaline takes over<br />

and, first things first, we fire up the fan heater and get them<br />

warm – when the lambs’ mouths are cold you are in trouble.<br />

Sometimes you must put them in a carrier bag with just a<br />

little head poking out and submerge them in warm water<br />

to warm them up. Once they ‘come round’ a little you<br />

are able to give them colostrum, either by bottle or tube<br />

straight into their belly. Colostrum contains vital antibodies<br />

to set the newborns up to fight any bacteria or illnesses –<br />

mother’s first milk or ‘liquid gold’ we call it. It’s incredibly<br />

important they receive this within the first 6 hours of life<br />

or the lambs can encounter a huge range of complications.<br />

We managed to save one of the lambs, but sadly we were<br />

too late for the other two. The mother wouldn’t accept the<br />

surviving lamb back so I ended up rearing her. Her name<br />

is Gyoza and she will enter the flock as a breeding ewe.<br />

She cheered me up during the uncertainty of lockdown<br />

and it’s safe to say she became a welcome distraction for<br />

lots of our Instagram followers too – she’s quite the diva!<br />

The Little Farm Fridge Recipe of the month<br />

How to cook it... mutton<br />

This simple, slow cooked stew is perfect for a neck fillet<br />

• Serves 4<br />

• 2 Little Farm Fridge<br />

mutton neck fillets (or<br />

even better on the bone)<br />

• 3 carrots, peeled and<br />

cut into chunks<br />

• 2 potatoes, peeled and<br />

cut into chunks<br />

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and @thelittlefarmfridge. You can order<br />

meat online at thelittlefarmfridge.co.uk<br />

• 2 sweet potatoes, peeled<br />

and cut into chunks<br />

• 2 large brown onions<br />

• a few sprigs of rosemary<br />

• a few sprigs of thyme<br />

• 2 beef or lamb stock cubes<br />

• a generous pinch of<br />

salt and pepper<br />

1Cut the neck into large pieces and brown everything<br />

except the potatoes in a pan with a splash of oil.<br />

2Put it all in the slow cooker with enough<br />

water to cover and add the stock cubes.<br />

3Leave for a few hours – the longer the better<br />

– until the stew is rich and thick.<br />

4This dish is best served with suet dumplings<br />

(of course!) and fresh, seasonal veg.<br />

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