Spinach in troughs

Spinach is a great cut-and-come-again crop for growing in pots and troughs. A shallow trough is ideal because you don’t use too much compost and there is a larger growing surface for greater harvests. The seed is literally sprinkled over the surface with the seeds about 5mm apart. Lightly sprinkle […]

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THE PEAS’ KNEES

Fresh peas, straight from the pod – don’t even bother cooking ’em! They are like the sweet treats of the veg plot. So this year I’m growing a dwarf variety called ‘Meteor’, which only grow to about 45cm (18inches high). It’s early May now – so far so good. Germination […]

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Polytunnel Strawberries

Who doesn’t love strawberries, especially homegrown? I have quite a few plants growing in pots in the polytunnel. I leave them outside after harvesting and then bring them back into the polytunnel in early spring. I give them a good feed of general (liquid) fertiliser and then let the warmth […]

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Sowing Turnips

I’ve not grown turnips for a while now as they have never been in great demand by the family. However, I do love them in a Cornish pasty, so that’s a good enough reason for growing them to my mind. I’m sowing two rows in all in this 1m square […]

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It’s filling up!

I have reached the “Where on earth do I put this pot?” stage in my greenhouse. Right now I want the sides to expand and someone to give me another bench to put on all my seedlings and transplanted plants on. Why is it your greenhouse is never big enough? […]

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Seeing purple!

Last season I grew some ‘Purple Sun’ carrots from Johnsons seeds in a large patio tub, but never got around to harvesting them and they sat in the cold polytunnel all winter only receiving the occasional splash of water. I finally got round to harvesting them yesterday and today made […]

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