Posts Tagged ‘growing’

The end of the Harvest Season

Person Author: Sojali Farm Calender October 21, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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As we near the end of Harvest season, what do we do with our plots, containers and gardens? Plots: Now is the time for adding mulch, ground cover seeds or weed sheets. Some people even just turn their soil and leave their plots alone to let nature do its thing, although if you are not a daily visitor, then after the bad weather, it can very quickly turn into the day of the triffids on the plot! Containers: All that spent soil needs emptied into the composter(s) and the pots cleaned thoroughly with jeyes and water, and stored ready for the Spring time! Gardens: By now, your last lawn cut should of been done or about to be done depending on your geographical location. The bulbs have been sown for the spring time and everything has been harvested (fruit trees) and pruned. Kitchen:

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Will I See In The Dark?

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Growing carrots is easier than some people think, and growing them in containers is not impossible. In fact you can now buy carrot seeds that are specific to container growing because they are short and stumpy but wider than your average ‘ground grown’ carrots. The most important thing to remember with any root vegetable is that they hate being moved, because of this you should never start any rooties in one place, and then move to another when they get bigger. Where you sow, is where you will grow. Soil. Carrots like a sandy soil so that they can move easily in their ‘home’ while they are growing. They, like other rooties, are also thirsty all the time. The best way to check if your little ones need watering is to dip your finger into the soil (away from the veggies) to abou

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Containers in your garden plot

Person Author: Mark Calender January 12, 2015 Posted Tags: , , , Comment 1 Comment
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The year 2014 is now past and for me it was the first year of growing any variety of veg or salad and i will be the first to admit i did go a little mad trying to grow everything i possibly could. With this being my second year and absorbing knowledge from the forum here at Seed Parade i thought i would share a few of my mistakes. We all make them but when it saves a new grower money i thought i would share my experience on containers. Container growing dos require a little more care and attention however with the time and effort everyone can grow a fantastic array to harvest for the dinner plate and even more to give away to friends and family. First i will start with stackable containers. Trust me they look bigger than they are and once stacked up they are even smaller. Each pot, on

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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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How I grew over half a tonne of Veg on my allotment in 2013.. (Super-Blog part 1)

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Wow - I was quite astounded when I added the quantities of veg that I grew on my allotment last season.. I grew 588 kg. on 165 sq. mt.   My Harvest 2013 After seeing the price of runner beans in town I decided to do a harvest record just to see how much I have grown and priced at supermarket prices.. Some estimates are on the lower side!! Strawberries 40kg = 88punnet @ £2.50 = £225 Broadbeans 6kg @ £1.80 per kg = £11 Peas 6kg @ £2 = £12 Potatoes 90kg @ £1 = £90 Gemsquash 130 @ 50p = £65 Runner beans 31kg @ 6.67 = £207 Courgettes 20kg @ £1.60 = £32 Squashes loads +/- 12 @ £1 = £12 Hubbard squash 4 large @ £4 = £16 Acorn squash 21 @ £1 + £21 Pumpkin 1 @ 2kg @ £2 = £2 Beetroot +/- 25 kg @ £3.3 = £83 Garlic 80 large bulbs @ 50p = £40 Onions 450 @ 2

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It’s April and Like the Scouts ‘Be Prepared’

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender April 10, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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Well March came in like a lion and went out like a lamb, so I hope that means that the worst weather is over. The start of April has been brilliant, for me at least, and I am wondering, has spring really sprung? I do hope so. Last week on Gardeners World, Monty Don was saying to keep sowing indoors, but not to be in a hurry to sow outside. So like the scouts, I intend to 'be prepared'. I am sowing lots more seeds indoors and the hardier ones in my cold growhouse and greenhouse. I will keep sowing a succession of salads and peas over the next weeks in modules and carrots in containers. I am now sowing other veg including climbing and dwarf beans in pots so that I will be ready with well grown plants for planting out in May. I have lots of hardy and half hardy flower seedlings that ar

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Easy Perennial and Biennial Flowers from Seed

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 22, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment

We are nearly in the last week of June and this is a great time to sow seeds of perennial and biennial flowers. If your not sure of the difference between perennial and biennial, here is the answer. Perennial means that the plant grows in it's first year,  [ sometimes even flowering ] then lives for a number years, flowering each year. They often shrink down to a low clump that lies sleeping over the winter, then grows up again each spring. Some flowers like Aquilegia, may only last a few years, others like Oriental Poppies and Delphiniums can last for decades. Biennial means the plant grows in it's first year, putting on leaves and green growth, then flowering in it's second year, setting seed, then dying. They can sometimes be encouraged to grow for another year if the flower spik

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