Category Archives: Growing Tutorials

Growing Garlic – Questions and Answers

Growing garlic is one of my favourite jobs in the vegetable garden, it is pretty much trouble free to grow and adds wonderful  flavours to our home cooking. Homegrown garlic comes in a wide range of varieties with subtle differences … Continue reading

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Know Your Onions – How to grow onions

Onions are some of the easiest things to grow and require very little looking after. As our friend Dermot Carey (last head gardener of Lissadell House) says if you can’t grow onions you might as well hang up your gardening … Continue reading

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Growing Healthy Vegetable Seedlings

Growing your own can be tricky business for someone new to vegetable gardening but there are a number of ways you can stack the odds of a successful harvest in your favour. My number one would be to start your … Continue reading

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Raising Radishes – A Guide to Growing and Preparing Radishes.

Most people (including me until relatively recently) think of a small, round, pink variety when picturing a radish, usually either sliced or added whole to a garden salad. You may also remember the humble radish cut in an ‘artistic’ fashion … Continue reading

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How To Grow The Best Tomato Seedlings

One of the things first time vegetable gardeners ask about when they call or email us is tomatoes – everyone wants to grow their own tomatoes. This is a bit unfortunate as for the most part they are not really … Continue reading

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Growing Potatoes

For me potatoes are the backbone of the vegetable garden. You get them in relatively early and apart from some earthing up and keeping an eye out for blight there is very little to do. They break up the soil … Continue reading

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My Vegetable Garden in October

I don’t think I ever showed you my garden did I? It was originally put together as the shared Quickcrop garden but since the business moved from my house this Spring (it used to be housed in my barn and … Continue reading

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Planting Out Vegetable Seedlings

O.K., so you’ve managed to produce your own seedling plants or have bought in some promising looking specimens. You have hardened them off and are ready to put them out into your garden or in the case of warm climate … Continue reading

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How to Plant Tomato Seedlings

I had a call from Dermot Carey (my personal vegetable guru) over the weekend as he wanted to pick up a couple of rolls of fleece. “I hope you don’t mind me calling on a Sunday morning” says Dermot “No … Continue reading

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Growing Sprouting Seeds

If you’re getting a bit upset that the vegetable growing season is over you might like to try growing some sprouting seeds. O.K. they’re never going to replace a large bushel of carrots or a bowl of tangy fresh tomatoes … Continue reading

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