Planting Garden Bulbs

Tulip BulbFlowering bulbs are ideal for container gardening or as part of a vibrant garden border. They are one of the easiest plants to grow and with a little careful planning can provide a beautiful show of colour throughout the year. Continue reading

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Early August in the Quickcrop Vegetable Garden

Growing puple podded shiraz peasAs you know my top priority is keeping you happy so when I noticed a sunny spell outside the office window I sped over to the Quickcrop garden to take some photos. I was concerned, you see, that you might be feeling a bit low stuck in the office or wherever you are so thought I’d add some colour to your screen. Continue reading

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Maintaining a Garden Pond

Maintaining a Garden PondMaintaining a garden pond ensures your garden stays healthy and provides the suitable environment for fish and plants to survive. It is important to practice regular maintenance routines which can involve inspecting and repairing the structure of the pond or simply cleaning the water and clearing away any dead foliage. A garden pond is a carefully balanced eco-system which will function adequately in the right conditions.

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July in the Quickcrop garden

Garlic in vegetable garden
July in the garden is a bit of a double edged sword, Mother nature shows her muscles both in the vigourous growth from your vegetable crops but also in the vigourous growth from your weeds. While you marvel at the speed your runner beans scramble up their supports you must also me amazed at how an area you weeded 5 minutes ago is again covered in fat hen and groundsel seedlings. Continue reading

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How to Grow Climbing Peas and Beans

French beans growing up canes
Climbing peas and beans are some of my favourite crops in the vegetable garden, they are the ones that epitomise Summer with their attractive flowers and lush growth. There is something ‘active’ about them with their reaching, coiling and climbing as they grow skywards and cover their supports.

The good news about growing peas and beans is that it is relatively easy. Peas are hardy plants and can be started off early in the season and will be happy in most gardens. Runner beans won’t like cold and exposed sites but are generally very reliable while French beans need a warm site but will produce huge crops of beans if conditions are right. Continue reading

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Natural and organic pest control tips

Cabbage white butterflyOrganic gardening has many advantages over a chemical based approach; the crops produced are tastier and more healthy but the other thing I like about it is it makes us understand nature better. Organic growing is more about avoiding pests or disease rather than applying a fix, it is about prevention rather than cure. To do this we need a little knowledge about our enemies which in turn gives us a deeper understanding of our garden and of nature’s cycles. Continue reading

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How to Create a Raised Bed Herb Garden

Raised Bed Herb GardenA raised bed can provide the perfect environment for creating a herb garden. It can be positioned anywhere that suits you and can be maintained easily. A selection of plants can be mixed for a diverse range of foliage and aromatics. Continue reading

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The Vegetable Garden in Mid May

Broad beans in a seedling tray
What can I sow or plant in my garden now?
Everything! Well, pretty much everything. You will be too late to sow most warm climate crops which need a long growing season like tomatoes, peppers and aubergines but nearly all the outdoor stuff is good to start now. May is really the best time sow or plant as the soil has warmed sufficiently and while frost is still a risk it is much less likely to be a problem. I am located in the North West so I tend to leave things a little late (I am also completely disorganised), but even for warm Southerly gardens May will be the busiest month in the garden.
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Growing your own Dwarf Vegetable Varieties

mini vegetables for container growing

Cultivating home grown vegetables is a simple pleasure that anyone can experience, even if you have limited space. We don’t all have the benefit of a large garden with room for a greenhouse and a range of vegetable plots but a simple allotment can be easily created on a balcony or in a tiny backyard. Continue reading

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How to Germinate Seeds Successfully

Sowing seeds in late spring

A plant seed is created to grow and will perform that task admirably once given the opportunity. For successful germination seeds need a suitable growing medium, moderate moisture and warmth to sprout, and enough light and space to thrive.

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