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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 […]

Potato Days and Seed Swop Events 2017

Potato Days and Seed Swop Events 2017

Much of this information was gathered from Pennard Plants, who work in cooperation with various local organisations to host the events. If you are organising a similar event, please send your details to ruth@homefarmer.co.uk, so we can add it to our growing list. BRIDPORT POTATO DAY Saturday 7th January 10.00am–1.30pm Bridport United Church East Street […]

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How to Save Seeds

How to Save Seeds

Tim Wootton guides the novice seed-saver through which seed to begin with, which simply will not work, and where the pitfalls might lie. Saving the seeds from this year’s crop for next year is a fundamental part of the growing cycle. The separation between the grower and the seed producer only really got underway in […]

By September 8, 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 Grow Lavender

How to Grow Lavender

Ruth Tott interviews Julia Snowball, head gardener at Yorkshire Lavender, to discover why her success rate at growing lavender has been dismal. I look in envy at those perfectly sculpted, round ‘molehill’ type mounds of lavender bushes which people have lovingly cultivated, trimmed and plucked into shape, then look down at my own spiky, woody […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Build a Cane Wigwam

How to Build a Cane Wigwam

HF contributor Mark Abbott-Compton creates a sturdy wigwam to support peas, beans and squash. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-grow-beans/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/grow-vegetables-small-space/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/   One of the best ways to increase the amount of growing space we have in the garden is to use wigwams or frames to create a vertical growing space. These wigwams can be used for […]

How to Grow Vegetables in a Small Space

How to Grow Vegetables in a Small Space

Elizabeth McCorquodale considers the techniques used to maximise veg production during the war years and asks how we can learn from the techniques See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/your-guide-to-green-manures/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/mock-orange-marmalade/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/vegetarian-pie-recipe/   Nobody starved in Britain during the First World War due to lack of supplies, and this was largely down to the government encouraging the gardeners […]

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