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Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Make Your Own Seed Tapes

Here’s a quicky garden hack which makes a practical alternative or a great gift. Seed mats and seed tapes seem to be a popular feature in gardening catalogues but using basic kitchen items and seeds you can easily make your own. Using seed mats and tapes helps you to place your seeds exactly where you […]

By March 27, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Garden Myths – Part Two – What Kills Slugs

Garden Myths – Part Two – What Kills Slugs

Elizabeth McCorquodale looks at natural slug traps and tests out what worked in the Gardener Vs Slug war. THE THEORY There is no doubt that slugs are a gardener’s worst springtime enemy. Later in the year the lush growth of a mature garden can usually cope with whatever the local slimy thugs throw at it, […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Garden Myths – Part one – Do Pots need Crocks?

Garden Myths – Part one – Do Pots need Crocks?

As gardeners, we probably all hoard broken pots for later use as drainage when potting new plants, but is it fact or fable as regards doing the job? Elizabeth McCorquodale investigates: When I set out to undertake this trial, I wondered if many people still put crocks in their pots, so I conducted a quick […]

By February 8, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
Brush Cutter Vs. String Trimmer

Brush Cutter Vs. String Trimmer

When it comes time to knock down those pesky weeds, you may find yourself wondering which tool would be best for you, a brush cutter or string trimmer. There is a huge difference between the two. One is meant for tidying up the yard  and the other is meant for clearing dense areas of brush […]

By January 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Caring for Poinsettias

Caring for Poinsettias

These glorious, loud plants line up in the shops at this time of year like a veritable red Christmas army. This plant has come come to be as much a part of Christmas ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’, Morecombe and Wise, Turkey Sandwiches and decking them halls. It’s the largest potted flower crop grown in the […]

By December 7, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Compost Quickly

How to Make Compost Quickly

Keen grower, Mick Poultney, describes his tried-and-tested technique for producing nutritious and natural compost in just three weeks Compost is essential for the self-sufficient gardener because it’s a recycling of waste products and a free resource which can boost your crops, so it’s worth taking time to get it right. As a result of trial […]

By November 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make a Straw Bale Bed

How to Make a Straw Bale Bed

Mark Abbott-Compton from www.learn-how-to-garden.com has been using bales of straw or hay for a number of years, either to grow crops or as the framework for some quick-to-construct and cost-efficient raised beds. Here he combines bale beds with the technique of creating a layered no-dig bed. no-dig techniques to both extend his plot and use […]

How to Make a Wicking Bed

How to Make a Wicking Bed

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Own Food For Free, shows how to make a Wicking container, the ideal, permaculture solution to irrigate your container plants, for next to nothing. Container gardening is a very thirsty way of growing, and lack of water is especially a problem for those growing most of their produce in […]

How to Grow Veg in Compost Heap

How to Grow Veg in Compost Heap

Make the most of an otherwise unproductive and often overlooked space – the compost heap! Mark Abbott-Compton shows how to prepare and use yours to grow the best courgettes ever. While it’s being made, the space taken up by the compost bin is normally unproductive… but it really doesn’t have to be. Courgettes, squash and […]

How to Recycle Grow Bag Compost

How to Recycle Grow Bag Compost

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food For Free (Well Almost) shares his tips on reusing spent compost from containers and Growbags. See Also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/organic-soil-improvement/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/home-made-fertiliser-recipes/   Container growers know all too well that at the end of the season, once everything is harvested, they can be left with piles of spent compost. This can […]

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