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Growing Rhubarb

Growing Rhubarb

Gaby Bartai provides growing and storage advice together with creative serving suggestions and recipes for your rhubarb crop Rhubarb is something of a touchstone in the gardening year. After long weeks spent coaxing early spring crops into producing discernable growth, rhubarb bounces back into rampant production, the harvest is finally underway, and your faith in […]

By February 13, 2018 1 Comments Read More →
Compost Recipes

Compost Recipes

  Elizabeth McCorquodale mixes up some sustainable compost recipes for all your different gardening needs Plunging a hand into a bucket of well-rotted, home-made compost or leaf-mould is always a very satisfying thing. Plunging it into a bag of proprietary, shop-bought potting mix is usually a bit of a disappointment, and that disappointment often comes […]

By January 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
What is Intercropping

What is Intercropping

      Mark Abbott-Compton from Learn How to Garden takes advantage of intercropping to maximise plot space – a great technique for getting better harvests from smaller plots with minimum effort. Intercropping ‒ or catch cropping ‒ is quite simply one of the best ways to maximise the amount of crops you can get […]

By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
2018 Potato Days Listings

2018 Potato Days Listings

We’ve pulled together just some of the events taking place up and down the country. It’s worth contacting your own local garden society or allotment group too, as often ‘pop-up’ events are held which can be informal but very rewarding and fruitful. Please note that a number of the listings fall short on some information so […]

By January 17, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Seaweed on the Garden

Seaweed on the Garden

Frank Beswick gives advice on collection and processing seaweed to apply to your plot. WHEN MY SON returned to England after a year abroad, he needed to put a bit of weight back on. Needless to say, maternal instinct kicked in and his mother cooked him a full roast dinner, with all the vegetables coming […]

By October 21, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Quick Growing Veg

Quick Growing Veg

Elizabeth McCorquodale sorts out some of the fastest-growing vegetable varieties for your plot and your plate, with our brief for a maximum three-month waiting time Although we might not necessarily all think of gardening as a year-round affair, we do generally regard it as a pastime that fills all of the warmer months. But what […]

By October 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Chase Organics Awarded Royal Warrant

Chase Organics Awarded Royal Warrant

Congratulations to Chase Organics, producers of the Organic Gardening Catalogue and best known to gardeners and horticulturists for their extensive range of organic seeds, seaweed plant nutrition products and garden supplies. The company has recently been granted the Royal Warrant to HRH Prince of Wales. Founded by Major L. H. Chase, the inventor of the […]

How to Graft Tomatoes (and other veg)

How to Graft Tomatoes (and other veg)

Grafting brings the strong points of different varieties to a single plant – disease resistance of hybrid rootstocks and the flavour of heirloom varieties, for example. Mark Abbott-Compton investigates A BRIEF HISTORY OF GRAFTING Grafting has been common practice for centuries, but the grafting of vegetables only really took off in the 1920s. The first […]

By August 24, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Weeds – friend or foe?

Weeds – friend or foe?

Whilst acknowledging the inconvenience of weeds in a garden, award-winning gardening and environment author, John Walker, extolls their wider and more important value to our ecosystem in his latest book, Weeds. (Please see the offer at the end of this article)  @earthFgardener www.earthfriendlygardener.net Weeds are amazing. When I stumble upon a clump of creeping thistle, […]

Setting up and Looking After Raised Beds

Setting up and Looking After Raised Beds

Mark Abbott-Compton guides us through setting up and preparing the ideal growing environment for your veg. One of the commonest things I am asked is, “How do I increase the amount of vegetables harvested from the garden?” Well, over the years, gardens have become smaller and smaller, and many people no longer want to devote […]

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