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How to over-winter your Chilli plants..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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I thought I would share this as it is time to get your Chilli plants ready for overwintering. (I confess this is not my article – I found it on "chilli king" website when I was looking to over winter a few plants of mine.) It is much easier to bring them out after over-wintering as plants rather than bringing them up again from seed. You can choose the best plants in Autumn / Winter that you have to keep for the following season. You are basically going to put them in hibernation and bring them out in the Spring to flourish once more.. 1. Not all your plants will make it though the winter. Assuming you are like most people available space (away from frosts) such as in the greenhouse or conservatory or a sunny windowsill will be limited so only choose your best looking, healthie

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Double Digging – how to do it..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 9, 2012 Posted Tags: Comment No Comments
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Digging is best done in the autumn as it gives time for the soil to be broken down by frost. But if the weather conditions don't allow - early spring will be fine.. Incorporate a layer of good manure or home made compost when you dig. All this organic matter will help improve your soil and encourage worms and micro organisms to work their magic on their plot. By double digging you also dump most of the weed seeds that are on or near the surface right to the bottom of the trench as you turn the soil over, which in most cased will kill them as its too deep for them to grow. But alas they will be back from nowhere to haunt you again!! There's no doubt about it – digging is hard work – so it's important that you know your limits. Start off slow and your body muscles will soon tone up..

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Starting off your newly allocated plot..

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 8, 2012 Posted Tags: Comment 1 Comment
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Many people would have recently been allocated new plots or in the process of taking one over in the run up to spring.. As per normal, they probably are full of weeds, rubbish, broken glass, old pallets, timbers, plastic containers with holes in and most of all huge forest of brambles, nettles and possibly mares tail. And possibly a few raspberry bushes as well - great. Firstly you need to plan what you are going to grow. Veg, some flowers, strawberries and soft fruit, some fruit trees etc. etc.   Remember you must grow what YOU want to eat and not what others want you to grow. Take into account the space you have and the space required for all your various crops. Make some sketches of the basic shape and play with it. You will have fun. Try to keep similar varieties of plants

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Growing Sweetcorn varieties together – do’s and dont’s

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 6, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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Just a note about growing different types of Sweetcorn together. Firstly you need to plant them in a block if possible few lines wide each way rather than 2 or 3 long lines to aid pollination.. you get better pollination when they are together as the pollen is distributed by wind.. You basically get 3 types of sweetcorn. Hybrid Sweets = abbreviated as su Supersweets = abbreviated as sh2 Sugar Enhanced = abbreviated as se You can't just plant any of them together or you will get mutations of types and really strange cobs.. So basically I have been doing research on it and done the following easy reference - I also now understand it!! Supersweets (sh2) must only be grown on their own or 2 or 3 other sh2 types.. Hybrid Sweets (su) and Sugar Enhanced (se) can be mixed wit

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Crop Rotations

Person Author: Gavin Conway Calender December 6, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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The Importance of Crop Rotation Whether you grow you veg on an allotment or in the back garden you need to follow a rotation. If you grow the same items in the same place year after year you will get a build up of viruses, pests and diseases specific to that crop. Different crops also use different nutrients and trace elements from the soil so another reason that you need to rotate the crops. There are many systems for rotations that are designed to ensure that the next crop utilizes nutrients left by the previous one. It is not a hard and fast rule and if you can’t rotate everything all the time and need to double up… don’t worry – it is not the end of the world!! Just remember that Potatoes and Brassicas (cabbage family) are fussy so try to keep them off the same ground year

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