Category Archives: Growing Tutorials

Ten Essential Tips for Gardening Beginners

1 Planning. Decide what you want to do with your vegetable garden and spend time working out the best way to achieve it. There are so many choices –fruit or vegetables, greenhouse or polytunnel, work out what suits you and … Continue reading

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Top Ten Trouble-Free Vegetable Crops for Beginners

Our list of easy to grow vegetables all have a good chance of first time success and will give you the skills you need to expand your gardening prowess. Radish. These crispy salad vegetables are quick and easy to grow. … Continue reading

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How to Grow Blueberries and Cranberrries

Blueberries are high in antioxidants so widely regarded as a ‘Superfruit’ (whatever that is) but taking their health benefits apart they are also exceptionally tasty so well worth growing yourself. Also, given the price of shop bought blueberries I figure … Continue reading

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How to grow bare root soft fruit part 3: How to grow Gooseberries

‘How to grow gooseberries’ is intended as a solid introduction to growing this relatively easy to grow fruit bush. For more detailed information on gooseberries please feel free to contact us, we are always delighted to help. Gooseberries can be … Continue reading

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How to grow bare root soft fruit part 2: How to grow Currants

Currants are an excellent fruit for the home gardener as they a relatively trouble free and produce large crops of highly nutritious fruit. Currants are divided into black, red and white types with many varieties to choose from. In general … Continue reading

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How to grow bare root soft fruit part 1: How to grow raspberries

How to grow bare root soft fruit In general and for the purposes of this article, soft fruit refers to soft skinned, juicy fruit borne on bushes or canes. Other types of soft fruit include strawberries, grapes and melons but … Continue reading

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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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