Saturday, July 26, 2014

How Eradicating Pests Could Finish Us All Off

In Tackle the Pest, Tackle Him Early, Dig for Victory Leaflet No. 16, Tells You How there was a leaning towards the destruction of all pests. You can see the Blitz on Bugs (1944) how the bugs were placed on the same level as an invading German army. Though we can smile about this now, even laugh, there is a problem in those final images of a plant knocked back, then starting to grow again. It is an echo of things to come after the war with the full on deployment of chemicals in the battle against pests.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rhubarb and Strawberry Cordial

You should be getting a glut of strawberries during July but this is the month you should stop picking your rhubarb. After the second week of July it is not advisable to pick rhubarb as it needs to grow over the remains of the summer to store all it needs to get through winter and grow next spring. However, the recipe below is a great way to combine two fruits that compliment each other and it beats just churning out another batch of jam. This cordial is the taste of summer, and will remind you in the depths of winter of warm sunny days long forgotten in the face of driving cold.

Don't let your strawberries rot on the crown, no need to jam, juice!
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