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Mandy Watson

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

Banana cakes

Using up over-ripe bananas OK, my bananas haven't fruited yet, but this recipe and its alternatives have saved me so much money, it's worth passing...

Soda bread

Loaf was my grandmother's pride Before sourdough bread and all its rustic variants became fashionable (and pricey), ordinary working-class housewives had to make do and...

Nelly Yeoman’s pickle

Classic home-made condiment This recipe, echoing that 1970s classic Pan-Yan Pickle, was contributed by Bev Glover, of Hartlepool, as taught to her by her gran...

Plum and apple gluts

Freezing plums and apples Lazy cook's apple puree Have you got a hopeless apple tree in your garden? One that still fruits, but the apples are...

Fruity cakes

Rhubarb, apple and ginger cake For the fruit puree: Approx 180g apple (peeled, cored and chopped) and rhubarb (remove stringy bits) 1 teaspoon ginger preserve...

Runner bean gluts

Enjoying a bean feast Runner beans are synonymous with gluts, especially in a decent summer. You're forced into picking them, as once large pods set,...

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