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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 →
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 […]

A Guide to Heated Propagation

A Guide to Heated Propagation

  Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food for Free (almost)  understands the importance of planting seeds early to enjoy a long, rich harvest, and here he outlines the heat-assisted options available, including recycling your own waste heat. See also: https://homefarmer.co.uk/terry-waltons-germination-tips/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-grow-peas/ https://homefarmer.co.uk/how-to-make-your-own-hotbed/   YOUR FIRST DAY OF SPRING The growing season officially starts when […]

By March 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Sowing Seeds in February

Sowing Seeds in February

For Dave Hamilton February is s the time for those crucial first sowings of the season and a chance to get ahead before the busy months of spring See also: Saving Vegetable Seeds Growing Peas How to Build a Hot Bed   February can be a busy month and is certainly a good time to […]

By February 11, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Planning a Vegetable Plot

Planning a Vegetable Plot

Planning a vegetable plot may not get you an immediate return, but it will enable you to work with nature and enjoy many years of productive gardening. Dave Hamilton explains See also: How Much Land do you Need for Sustainable Living? Creating a Wildlife Garden The Self-sufficient Garden Small Space Gardens   Somehow a plot […]

By November 5, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Growing Heritage Vegetables

Growing Heritage Vegetables

  Jayne Neville looks at growing heritage vegetables – older varieties which offer taste and texture over shelf life and a uniform shape and suggests heritage vegetables 6 to try. See also: Saving Vegetable Seeds   Once you’ve made the decision to grown your own fruit and vegetables, you’ll want to harvest produce that is […]

By October 21, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
How to Protect Crops Over Winter

How to Protect Crops Over Winter

Dave Hamilton, author of Grow Your Food For Free (Well, Almost), and regular HF contributor shares a few of his money saving tips for how to protect crops over winter – even when they are in the ground, outside. See also Heating the Greenhouse or Polytunnel How To Winter Proof Greenhouses and Polytunnels   Sometimes […]

By September 30, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Terry Walton’s Guide to Growing Leeks

Terry Walton’s Guide to Growing Leeks

  Terry Walton shares his secrets for growing leeks  – easy to grow, delicious and come along when other crops are scarce making it an ideal vegetable for the kitchen garden or allotment. See also: Terry Walton’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes Terry Walton’s Germination Tip Terry Walton’s Guide to Growing Cucumbers and Courgettes Terry Walton’s […]

By September 17, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Saving Vegetable Seeds

Saving Vegetable Seeds

  Elizabeth McCorquodale explains  about the process of saving vegetable seeds from this year’s crop to produce next year’s harvest Buying seeds is an expensive business, but we can easily cut the cost of the annual seed bill by gathering seed from many of our garden plants. Saving vegetable seeds is a relatively quick and […]

By September 3, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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