At this time of year most people are looking forward to getting out into the sunshine, taking walks in the countryside, eating fresh, healthy food and generally keeping fit and healthy. To help you reach your goals try adding superfood to your diet. A superfood is a food that’s especially rich in healthy nutrients that boost the immune system, protect against disease, keep you looking and feeling young and generally make you feel on top of the world! Wayfair has put together the […]
A month by month, easy to follow, guide to the jobs you should be doing in your vegetable garden or allotment now. January Coming soon February Jobs to do in the vegetable garden or allotment in February. Click the links to find out more about gardening tasks and specific vegetables. Seeds to sow indoors in a heated greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill: Greenhouse Cucumbers Leeks Onions Greenhouse Tomatoes Seeds to sow outdoors where they are to grow. Check that […]
The New Fruit Expert introduces more than 70 new varieties. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Britain’s most popular advice book on growing fruit has been completely updated to include more than 70 new varieties of tree and soft fruits. Dr D G Hessayon’s The Fruit Expert has sold more than 750,000 copies in the UK and overseas since it was first published in 1990. With clear instructions, numerous diagrams and photographs throughout, it has outsold all competitors since publication. The […]
Growing your own vegetables, salads and herbs can be extremely satisfying. Not only do they taste much better than shop bought vegetables they are also cheaper and tend to provide us with more vitamins, minerals and nutrients. It is also so much more convenient to pop out to your garden than to trek down to the shops for a couple of fresh tomatoes and a lettuce.
Rhubarb is a vegetable (not fruit) loved by many and extremely easy to grow as long as you give it the room. Rhubarb can be grown from seed sown in April but it is much better to plant “crowns” to ensure a good strong plant and fruitful crop. You can expect to get 5 to 10 years from your plant so they are very good value. The only drawback is that you will not be able to pull your crop […]
Now is the time to take hardwood cuttings. Hardwood cuttings should be successful from most deciduous trees and shrubs, try buddleja, forsythia, philadelphus, ribes and roses. The best time to take the cuttings is during early and mid winter but don’t take them if frost is forecast. Take a good look at your chosen tree or shrub and select a branch/shoot which is about pencil thick and is fully mature. Don’t select anything which looks diseased or has any signs of pests. Remove the soft […]
One challenge of living in a northern climate is the relatively short growing season which unfortunately means you have to purchase your vegetables in the winter or simply live without them for several months. Fortunately with a little planning and work you could also create a basic indoor hydroponic system to extend your growing season. Hydroponics has been around for centuries but is still relatively unknown. Hydroponics translated from Latin means ‘working water’ but a simple alternative way to describe […]
Sweet Peppers or Capsicum are mild-flavoured fruits used in salads and for baking, they requires similar growing conditions as tomatoes. Plants grow about 3ft tall but will need to be repotted at several stages until ready to move the their permanent spot. Mist to keep down red spider mite, support the stems and pick when fruits are green, swollen and glossy. Sowing Time Outdoor crop indoors late March or as a greenhouse crop late February Planting Time Outdoor crop transplanted […]