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Small-space Gardening

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 […]

How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

How to Make a Vertical Step-ladder Garden

Making the most of a small garden or beautifying an outdoor area? Ladder stands are ‘stepping’ in to help. John Mason and the staff at ACS Distance Learning investigate and build one As gardens and outdoor spaces are diminishing in size, many people are looking at ways to make the most of their available space. […]

By February 14, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
How to make a pond in a container

How to make a pond in a container

Water in a wildlife garden attracts more beneficial visitors than any other single element, and even the smallest of gardens can accommodate a mini pond, writes Emma Hardy, author of The Urban Wildlife Gardener. MAKING A MINI POND Even small spaces, such as a patio or balcony, can benefit from a water feature, and it’s […]

By January 26, 2017 1 Comments Read More →
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 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 […]

How to Make Your Own Hotbed

How to Make Your Own Hotbed

Elizabeth McCorquodale explains an age old method of heating up the soil to give your plants a great start in life, instructions on how to make your own hotbed from scratch and how to get great results throughout the year. See also: Straw Bale Gardening How to Protect Crops over Winter HOTBEDS OF HISTORY Manure-fuelled […]

By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Advice on Growing in Containers

Advice on Growing in Containers

Growing plants in containers is a quick, easy and reasonable cheap way to bring often instant colour into your garden and can liven up even the dullest spots. Pots of various sizes and shapes are ideal for patios and balconies and they offer a good solution for growing flowers, fruit, veg and herbs. But as […]

By August 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Growing Crops in Pots

Growing Crops in Pots

Small-space? No where to grow? Growing crops in pots is an obvious and attractive solution to this common problem and has lots of benefits but also has it’s pitfalls. Chief amongst these are that the plants will need constant watering as the pots are quick to dry out. The wonderfully structured courgette plant looks quite […]

How to Propagate Herbs

How to Propagate Herbs

HF contributor Jayne Neville looks at the best way to propagate herbs as a cheap way of getting new plants. Many of the perennial or more woody herb varieties such as rosemary and sage are perfect candidates for propagating – and they need regular pruning to keep them from getting too woody so double up […]

By January 19, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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