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Amateur Gardening - - A Gardener’s Miscellany -

■ Cu­cum­bers use as­pirin to cure them­selves. Re­search in Switzer­land showed that cu­cum­ber plants pro­duce a pulse of sal­i­cylic acid (as­pirin) to fight off dis­ease.

■ Chick­weed (Stel­laria me­dia) is the very com­mon gar­den weed, grow­ing al­most all-year round. When picked young, the leaves are re­fresh­ingly tasty in a salad – but wash them well.

■ The phrase ‘Salad Days’ comes from Shake­speare. In Antony and Cleopa­tra (writ­ten in 1606), Cleopa­tra uses it in ref­er­ence to her youth­ful dal­liances with Julius Cae­sar, when she was in­ex­pe­ri­enced, in­no­cent and in­dis­creet!

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