Growing your own fruit has to be the easiest, most satisfying and most joyous gardening pursuit. Yes, I am delighted when I fork out some nice straight carrots or creamy skinned potatoes but do they compare with a mouthful of zesty raspberries picked and eaten straight from the cane? I don’t think so.
Summer and Autumn in the garden is made much more fun with gooseberries, raspberries, plums, apples and and all sorts of other stuff dotted around the place and available for a quick and immediate snack. Most fruit varieties were also originally woodland plants so will happily produce in partial shade; your fruit does not need prime garden real estate so can make excellent use of marginal areas. Continue reading
As you know the Quickcrop research bureau never sleeps. Our aim is provide you with the best products for your garden but also to back them up with plenty of useful information. If there is a meeting of relevant experts that is where you will find us, gently probing seasoned minds for choice nuggets of first hand information. It was therefore no surprise to find a small Quickcrop delegation (myself and my son) at the All England Koi Carp Show in Kent last weekend. Continue reading
I do love the colour of beetroot, its glorious deep fuschia just makes me feel good looking at it. Add chickpeas, oil, garlic, lemon and some ground cumin in the blender and I still see that wonderful colour but I also see instant beetroot hummus! The resulting garlicky, bright purple hummus is a party on a plate and, because of it’s dark colour, is seriously good for you too. Continue reading
What to sow or plant in September – it’s not too late!
I have included below some good things to sow or plant out as vegetable seedlings in September. Most of the varieties mentioned are available as seed or as seedling plants on our website, any varieties mentioned below which are past their sowing date are available as seedling plants.
Autumn/Winter growing is dependent on the weather and unless you are growing in a polytunnel all growth will stop around mid November no matter what. True overwintering plants like garlic, spring cabbage and overwintering onions will put some growth down before November but will then lie dormant until growth resumes in the Spring. Autumn plants like turnip Tokyo cross or autumn lettuce are planted now for crops before it gets too cold, they are the last hurrah of the season. If you don’t have a polytunnel you can still extend your season somewhat by using polythene cloches or mini polytunnels placed on your soil or attached to raised beds, I have included links for these below. Continue reading
This week sees a whole new departure for the Quickcrop team as we stick our pretty little toes into the wonderful world of flowering plants. It is not that we have fallen out of love with our vegetable garden and, as Uncle Monty (the late Richard Griffiths) would say, still ‘find the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium’ but our heads have been well and truly turned. Continue reading
Flowering 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
As 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
Maintaining 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.
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
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