Win the new Kitchen Garden Experts book and Seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender April 29, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 27 Comments
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Win this new book and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 10/05/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what is your favourite veg to use in the kitchen. KITCHEN GARDEN EXPERTS TWENTY CELEBRATED CHEFS & THEIR HEAD GARDENERS by Cinead McTernan Photography by Jason Ingram Foreword by Raymond Blanc May 2014 Hardback | £20.00 Published by Frances Lincoln http://www.franceslincoln.com/ Kitchen Garden Experts features the chefs and gardeners at twenty of the UK’s most exciting restaurants, hotels, pubs and cafés, focusing on how they produce the best fruit and vegetables to appear on their menus. With this book you can: • Explore the kitchens and gardens of twenty celebrated chefs, from Terence Conran and Raymond Blanc to River Co

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Is It Spring Yet ?

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender April 2, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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This seems to be one of the most asked questions at the moment. We have had the Spring Equinox and the clocks went forward last weekend, but the cold weather is not behind us just yet! If your thinking of planting out anything that is not hardy, you will have to be prepared to protect them. We have a few nice days which make us think Spring has arrived, but be careful gardeners as I'm sure there will be a more than a few frosts to come. Off course a lot will depend on your location, I am up in North Yorkshire, just below the North York Moors. We are quite sheltered from winds coming from the North and East, but there is little to protect us from the South and West. We can get some ferocious South Westerly gales streaming down from the Pennines, and the winds can severely damage tend

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The new season has truly begun…

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender March 23, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments
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I've not been doing much on the blog side lately so here goes with some info on the last few months activities. I planted my garlic as normal in September in modules in the greenhouse but they were really very slow this year. I normally plant them out at the plot end of December but this year only in February and very small growth and root system. They seem to be growing well now. I am growing the garlic through weed fabric this year as my onions did really well last year and no weeding was required other than a few hand pulled weeds. Since I made my light grow box in January the seedlings have really been growing well. I eventually had to take the chillies and peppers out when I potted up the show onions.. The chillies have really done well and as it's the first time growing them

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Win a great book for foragers and foodies and some of our seeds too

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender March 15, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 23 Comments
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Win this great cook book for foragers and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 20/03/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what do you normally forage or what would you like to forage. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. ROSEHIPS ON A KITCHEN TABLE SEASONAL RECIPES FOR FORAGERS & FOODIES By Carolyn Caldicott Photographs by Chris Caldicott March 2014 Published by Frances Lincoln In these days of environmental concern and financial constraints we are all looking for ways to put good, local, seasonal food on the table. But sometimes it can seem daunting. This is where Rosehips on a Kitchen Table comes to the rescue. You don’t need to be a great cook, a master gardener or an exp

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Allotment book winner

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 17, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment No Comments

The winner is Danielle Graves! Congratulations! The book is published by Frances Lincoln (www.franceslincoln.com | @Frances_Lincoln) To order Charles Dowding's Veg Journal at the discounted price of £12.00 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG69.  Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to: Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department,  Littlehampton Book Services,  PO Box 4264,  Worthing, West Sussex  BN13 3RB.  Please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.  *UK ONLY - Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.    

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DIY Greenhouse rainwater collector kit..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender February 6, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 1 Comment
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Just a quick evening blog.... I searched for Greenhouse rainwater collector kits on Ebay today for my home GH to collect nutritious rain water for my seedlings. I found some for £18 a pair... Now I don't like to pay much for anything so into the workshop I went to make my own. I always collect bits of copper piping from old baths and basins when I see them in skips as I know I can use bits at the plot from time to time. I also had some thick firm compressed rubber matting from kids play areas which come in handy as kneeler pads for the garden and our ageing knees!! You know the type - just like flip flops are made from.. I cut a piece of rubber mat off a piece that is under the grow box and then cut a few blocks of mat a bit wider and higher than the inside size of the g

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Free seeds for schools 2014

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender February 4, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 30 Comments
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It is closed now; thanks for all who applied! We have sent to about 30 schools so far and will send an other 30 before the end of March. Really sorry if you are not among those. We had lots of emails and we have only limited stock for this project. You should have sent an email as stated below and not comment here, but it is okay now.   Spring is on the way and hopefully more and more schools have a bit of veggie garden. To help some of the youngsters to get into gardening we run a free seeds for schools program again. So if you run a gardening club in a school or collage send the address of the school to freeseeds @ seedparade.co.uk. Please note seeds will NOT be sent to private addresses. We have a limited stock but should be able to send to about 30 schools a variety of ve

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Mmmm new Project – DIY Light Grow Box…

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender January 28, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 1 Comment
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So..... I was sitting at the Christmas dinner table (on boxing day) with the family and suddenly decided I need a grow box to play with for growing some show onions, a few peppers and chilies.. Bright idea... I had a light box of sorts sitting in my garage for layering my vinyl signs which I had made out of an old cupboard from a skip with some lights inside and a perspex top. Basically a box to lay signs on and then lay another one on top in the correct positions to create different backgrounds etc. I don't use it any more so decided it can be DIY'd into my new grow box.     I removed the lights and door, hacked it shorter and started on the new design. I had previously used 6 energy saver bulbs and had some plugs and switches in my draws. I decided on using 2 bulbs and hav

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Win a great new gardening book and seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender January 24, 2014 Posted No Tags Comment 352 Comments
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Win Charles Dowding's new book and 30 packets of randomly picked seeds from our shop. Competition ends 10/02/2014. Enter by commenting below, let us know what is your favourite herb to grow and use. Winner will be randomly picked and will be notified by email and announced here on the blog. CHARLES DOWDING’S VEG JOURNAL EXPERT NO-DIG ADVICE, MONTH BY MONTH   Plan bumper harvests the no-dig way – Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal provides simple steps, experienced advice and seasonal checklists to plan a year’s veg growing. The information is taken from the author’s successful Charles Dowding Vegetable Course and is arranged in a useful monthly journal so that no activity is overlooked and readers can follow his mantra of ‘little and often’. • find success w

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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 2)

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So to continue... Spring Onions... As I said in the part 1 we love our onions.  As well as the normal onions I also have a small bed of multiplying onions - like a spring onion but a bit smaller. I originally planted a few bunches of two or three onions and they soon turned into huge bunches of tall tasty onions which are ideal in stews and soups. They have a totally different taste to normal onions. I dig up a portion of a bunch when required by driving a spade through the bunch and replacing some soil to fill the void!! When the whole bunch has been used I replant a small bunch of 2-5 and in not time they will be ready for eating as well. This way one only needs a square meter or so in the garden for theses.  They over-winter without any problem and jump back into growing mode i

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