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Extend the Growing Season With Hydroponics

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 […]

Vegetable Plot Diary

Plan your gardening year with our Vegetable Plot Diary. Keep track of when to sow seeds indoors and outdoors, when to plant, when to harvest and when to carry out other vegetable gardening tasks.

How to Grow Peppers (Capsicum)

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 […]

How to Grow Asparagus

This amazing vegetable is famously known for its gourmet taste, delicate flavour and unique texture. Not only would this make a great dish but you can grow this vegetable in your own garden.

How to Grow Carrots

Unless you are growing carrots for show purposes grow them as close as possible to avoid having to weed too much and make sure you water during dry periods. Sow during early March under glass or between late March to mid August outside once all risk of frost has passed. Sow into deep, fertile soil and do not add manure or compost. Sow thinly and thin out to desired spacing. Pull up small carrots from June and lift the main […]

How to Grow Brussels Sprouts

Do not grow Brussels Sprouts in the same plot more than once every three years and ideally grow in a plot which has grown peas or beans previously. Choose a sunny, sheltered spot. Dig the soil deeply in winter and leave several months before planting to ensure firm soil add lime to aim for a pH of 6.5-7.5. Sow early March under glass, planting out early May to end of June. Or sow outdoors in a seed bed between mid […]

How to Grow Garlic

Choose an open, sunny site with good, free draining soil. Dig over the soil in early winter and incorporate organic matter. Firm before planting and add a general fertiliser. Keep the ground weed-free and water only in very hot weather. Feed occasionally. Break off any flower stems as they appear but there should be very few. Break up the bulbs into individual cloves and plant just below the surface of the soil about 6ins (15cms) apart during late autumn or early […]