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Fruit and vegetable gardening

Feeding your plants with liquid fertilisers

Published: 12th July, 2017
liquid feed or liquid fertiliser

Water alone is not enough to make plants strong, healthy and happy. Like all living creatures they breathe, they get thirsty and they are always hungry and need important nutrients to thrive.  But keeping plants fed needn’t be complicated or hard work. Liquid fertilisers, usually applied every one to two weeks during the growing season,…

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Strawberries for Wimbledon?

Published: 31st May, 2017
how to grow strawberries in time for Wimbledon

Strawberries are luscious, juicy and the quintessential English summer fruit. They were a particular favourite with the Victorians who adored them with sugar and cream as part of afternoon tea. The fashionable afternoon tea ritual was introduced to Wimbledon tennis in the early days of the tournament in the 1870s and persists today as part…

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Grafted tomato plants – the secret to bumper tomato crops

Published: 3rd May, 2017
Grafted tomato plants

Grafted fruit and vegetables are becoming ever more popular with gardeners because of the larger, stronger plants that the process produces. This usually also means bumper yields. Tomatoes are no exception.  With their resistance to disease and tolerance of difficult growing conditions grafted tomato plants are quickly becoming a favourite in our gardens and greenhouses.…

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What to be planting and sowing and the jobs to be doing in the garden this October.

Published: 19th October, 2016
Autumn gardening

You would think it wasn’t a very good time for gardening. The days are getting darker and colder but October is not a time to slow down and do nothing. In fact, with the days getting shorter it can be quite a busy time in the garden. There are still plenty of things that you…

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Planting Seed Potatoes for a Christmas Harvest

Published: 27th July, 2016
Growing seed potatoes for Christmas

Now is the time to start planting potatoes for Christmas. Of course your main crop potatoes basking out there in the sunshine, will still be delivering produce, and with the correct storage these would last until Christmas. But, there is nothing quite like having some tender new early potatoes to enjoy as part of your…

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Powdery Mildew and how to deal with it in your garden

Published: 29th June, 2016
powdery mildew and how to treat it

Powdery mildew is the bain of gardeners in warm, humid climates. Powdery mildew can completely wipe out your vegetable plants and destroy flowers. You need to treat it the second you spot it. It is caused by a variety of closely related fungal species. There are many different species each one affecting different plants, but…

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Plant of the moment: Herbs. Advice and tips on growing herbs

Published: 4th May, 2016
Growing herbs

Herbs are one of the easiest and best things to grow in your garden. You can totally transform and improve a whole host of dishes that you cook in the kitchen and better still, create a beautiful and fragrant display in your garden. Most herbs also lend themselves to being grown in containers, whether on…

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April Reminders

Published: 20th April, 2016
April showers

The arrival of April showers suddenly speeds up everything in the garden! Flowers begin to grow, but they are competing all the time with weeds, so you will have your work cut out to keep them at bay. Mulching is the perfect solution – it will carpet the earth between your plants and will help…

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Growing soft fruit

Published: 21st October, 2015
Soft fruits

Nothing captures the taste of summer quite like home grown fruits, especially when they are picked fresh off the bush at their very best. Packed with vitamin C and anti-oxidants, soft fruits such as gooseberries, raspberries, red and black currants are a delicious way of adding to your 5 a day. Growing your own soft…

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Green Manure

Published: 23rd September, 2015
Green Manure

Why grow green manure? Green manures are mostly used by vegetable and allotment gardeners. At this time of year, as crops are cleared, patches of the vegetable garden are left empty. An empty plot creates problems in two ways. Firstly, it is an open invitation for weeds to move in and take over. These weeds…

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