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The winter corner is turned

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I love this post-festive season feeling. The winter corner is turned, at least in my head, and it feels downhill to spring.

It's a time for planning by the fireside on the rainy days and getting outside when I can. At last the snow has melted, the air's warmed a little but it's still too early to get much sown never mind planted out but we are busy marking out the kitchen garden beds with sand and putting the labels in so that come the right time all we have to do is sow and walk away.

Just marking out the beds gets you excited and is a reminder that it's not so far away to spring. We are bringing more varieties of the tastiest food to the kitchen garden at River Cottage and we're finding that ever more is finding its way into containers and raised beds around the farm.

As you plan everything you get an idea in your head about how it's going to look and you can't help but look forward to the growing season ahead.

The Get Growing in Spring Day towards the end of March is always a wonderful sold out day that doubles for a celebration of spring proper, but if there's one edge of panic to the day it's people thinking they've left it too late to start growing.

Of course, for the most part they haven't but we have listened to requests to start our Veg Patch courses earlier in the year so that people can get familiar with the basics, fill gaps in their knowledge and get a River Cottage take on all things edible in plenty of time to do it themselves.

We've even struck up a deal with a few of our favourite B&Bs so that we can throw in the cost of the accommodation if you fancy joining us for the day. Unsurprisingly a couple of dates have already sold out, but a few still have spaces.

I hope you've had a good start to 2011, and here's to the growing year ahead.

River Cottage Events and Cookery School calendar >

Mark

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Oh you're optimistic Mark, I hate January (and Feb), too dark and generally grim. Bring on March!!!

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Looking to come down for a Sat/Sun late spring/summer - when look at events calendar can't seem to see what you mean by the deal you've struck up with local b+bs. Can you please highlight which days have accomodation thrown in and which b+bs?? Thanks. @mustardseedcook

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