Category Archives: Growing Tutorials

Planting fruit in October

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 … Continue reading

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Planting Garden Bulbs

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.

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How to Grow Climbing Peas and Beans

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 … Continue reading

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How to Create a Raised Bed Herb Garden

A 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 … Continue reading

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How to Germinate Seeds Successfully

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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The Quickcrop Pea and Bean Frame

The Quickcrop Pea and Bean Frame is a support system designed for growing your own climbing garden peas and beans. Freshly picked home grown peas are one of the most delicious treats in the vegetable garden whether they are grown … Continue reading

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Frost Protection in the Garden

As Winter approaches it is important to consider protecting your plants from cold weather and the damage that can be caused by frost. ¬†All weather conditions play a part in maintaining the health of a plant, regulating water and nutrient … Continue reading

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Heirloom, Open Pollinated and F1 Hybrid seeds.

I thought I’d quickly try to explain the difference between open pollinated and F1 seeds this week as I was asked about it twice over the last few days. There seems to be some confusion between F1 and genetically modified … Continue reading

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How to Grow Microgreens Indoors

Towards the end of summer and into autumn activity in the vegetable garden slows down as crops are fully grown and their fruit begins to ripen. Winter brassicas are bedded in till spring and the work demands ease off. Apart … Continue reading

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What Type of Soil do I have?

Garden soil comes in many forms depending on consistency and nutrient content. By identifying and understanding the type of soil you have you can create a workable medium suitable for cultivation. Clay soils are heavy with high moisture content and … Continue reading

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