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Growing Fruit

How to Grow Citrus Fruits in Pots

How to Grow Citrus Fruits in Pots

  If you follow some basic rules, growing citrus fruits in containers can be productive, ornamental and aromatic, writes Mark Abbott-Compton One of the great things about growing citrus fruits is that you get both the fruit and flowers on the plant at the same time, and they will flower right through from spring to […]

By March 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Planting a Fruit Garden

Planting a Fruit Garden

The dormant season, which takes place during autumn and winter, is the best time to plant a fruit garden, writes Mark Abbott-Compton When it comes to growing fruit we need to consider a much more long-term strategy than for vegetables and flowers. The fastest that fruit will be in and out of our garden, in […]

By November 24, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
The Original Bramley Apple Tree Is Dying

The Original Bramley Apple Tree Is Dying

No one knows whether the chicken or the egg came first, but there is definitely an original Bramley apple tree, which can be found in a cottage garden in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and sadly it is dying from a serious honey fungus infection. The tree – the original ‘mother’ of all Bramleys worldwide – was planted […]

Home Made Fertiliser Recipes

Home Made Fertiliser Recipes

Feed your soil and the soil will feed your plants, and if that feeding can be done almost for free and naturally, then all the better, says Elizabeth McCorquodale See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-have-liquid-compost-on-tap/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/organic-soil-improvement/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/making-your-own-liquid-fertiliser/   Look around any home or garden and you will find a host of raw materials that are perfect for being […]

Your Guide to Green Manures

Your Guide to Green Manures

Elizabeth McCorquodale sings the praises of green manures – multi-purpose crops that both feed the soil and act as a plot caretaker till your next crop is safely installed See also: Liquid Compost on Tap Composting with Worms Making a Worm Composter   Green manures are a hard-working, mixed bag of plant species that have […]

By February 4, 2016 1 Comments Read More →
Orchard Maintenance

Orchard Maintenance

We’ve asked Paul Courtney, a local cider and juice maker and owner of Vigo Presses, for a few hints on good orchard practice to be carried out at this time of the year. See also: Planting a Micro-Orchard A Guide to Pruning   Not only did we have one of the most fruitful apple crops […]

By January 29, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Viable Self-Sufficiency Checklist

Dot Tyne, co-author of our forthcoming book, Viable Self-Sufficiency and contributor writing the very popular Smallholder’s Diary every month in HF,  goes through the Viable self-sufficiency checklist used on their own smallholding every couple of years to make sure they stay focused and every bit of their business is pulling it’s weight. So without further […]

By January 14, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Tips for Growing strawberries

Tips for Growing strawberries

Follow Elizabeth Arter’s handy ‘bite-sized’ tips for growing strawberries to get better results. The plants are easy to grow, but need tender care because the crop can be ruined by frost at flowering time, wet weather at picking time, or by attacks from birds, slugs, beetles and small rodents who all find the fruit as […]

By January 8, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Your Plants Pay for Themselves

How to Make Your Plants Pay for Themselves

  Henry Burwood considers how to make your plants pay for themselves on the home farmer by setting up a small business. This article gives ideas for few places to get you started. This is not about making a living out of it enabling you to give up the day job but more about selling […]

By December 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
A Guide to Pruning

A Guide to Pruning

  Many people are afraid to prune, as they think they might damage the tree or shrub, but damage is often done by failing to prune. Mike Clark offers a guide to pruning. See also: How to Prune Soft Fruits How to Propagate Soft Wood Cuttings   Pruning is scary. At least that seems to […]

By November 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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