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The book sells out!

Posted in Garden Diary by Jane Griffiths on the May 1st, 2009

I arrived back from the Pietermaritzburg launch to an email from Ceri (my publisher) asking me if she could please have the changes as we need to do a reprint very soon. Ceri is a very calm person and for her this was coming close to panic! So I had to re-read the book again . . . found a couple of interesting errors which somehow had missed the fine toothcomb editing process: snails in one sentence was sails instead . . . And my recommended minimum size for a compost heap was 750 cm high! (That is nearly 8 metres – oops!!!) Of course my brain and every one else’s who had checked it, had seen it as 75 cm, which is what it should have been. But all fixed now in the next print run.

I love autumn with its crisp mornings and sunny days. I don’t have to protect myself from the sun as much as during summer and can get out into the garden at any time of the day. During summer it is way too hot after 11 to do anything. I love basking like a lizard in the sun at this time of the year – I really do stay warmer longer if I have topped up with a dose of sun during the afternoon. The brassicas love this weather too. Many Asian greens are brassicas and they are doing so well at the moment. We are eating delish nutritious salads with tat soi, bok choy, mustards and chinese cabbage leaves mixed with baby spinach and beetroot. Much heartier than just lettuce. it is also potato harvest time. Dug up a huge basket full of red potatoes and had a feast last week. The treasure hunt excitement and satisfaction of digging for potatoes is a great gardening reward.

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