Polytunnel salad leaves – December 6

This little bed of salad leaves is ready for picking now. It comprises  ‘Winter Imperial’ lettuce; ‘Lollo Rossa’ lettuce,  coriander and American land cress. The latter is a good substitute for watercress. I’ve used a metre square raised bed filled with soil and with a layer of multipurpose compost on […]

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Walled garden delight

Set in the gently rolling landscape of Lincolnshire the Easton Walled Gardens are a delight. The hall no long exists but the gardens have been beautifully restored by the Cholmeley family. Visiting information: www.visiteaston.co.uk Where is it?: Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham, Lincs NG33 5AP Tel: 01476 530063

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Potato chitting advice

If you want to plant some potato tubers in March or April it is best to buy them in February and chit them first. To chit potatoes it means to encourage them to produce shoots which, when planted, will grow to form the leafy stems above ground. Ideally place the […]

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Herbs in a bag

You can’t beat a few fresh herbs sprinkled in your cooking pot and they are so easy to grow. Why not try a few select herbs in a growing bag by your back door   WHY GROW THEM? Because fresh, young herbs give a powerful punch to your cooking and […]

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Make a compost tamper

When sowing seeds in pots or trays it helps to tamp down the compost to create a smooth sowing surface. These are easy to make using waste pieces of wood. A log or waste piece of wood can be cut to size to make the tamper and a stout stick […]

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