Posts Tagged ‘Seed Parade’

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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Tomatoes: Removing Side Shoots or Not

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      The Tomato plants that we have grown from seed or purchased as plants are now growing fast. A question often asked by new gardeners is 'Do I remove the side shoots from my tomato plant'? Well that depends, there are two basic types of tomato. The first are called 'Determinate' or Bush types. These include varieties like 'Tumbler', 'Totem', 'Minibelle', 'Garden Pearl' and cascade varieties. You DO NOT remove the side shoots. These tomato plants know what they are doing, hence the name Determinate. They will grow outwards forming a mound or stay small and bushy, or cascade down. These determinate or bush types are great to grow in pots, tubs or even hanging baskets. The second type are called 'Indeterminate' commonly called Cordon or Vine tomatoes. T

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Bank Holiday Madness.

I called in at my local garden nursery today, I was wanting some of that  black weed fabric to cover a weedy patch. As I walked through the doors, everywhere were bedding plants, hanging baskets and trays and pots of vegetables. There were thousands of them, and it struck me, Bank Holiday Madness! People will be flocking in droves to Garden Centres, DIY Stores and Garden Nurseries this Bank Holiday weekend, spending lots of money on 'tender' plants and vegetables. Folks will be attracted by exotic colours of lovely bedding plants, and the thoughts of 'growing your own' will tempt many to purchase tomatoes, cucumbers and chillies with very little thought to the plants needs beyond pots and compost. While this is of course is great and wonderful, I wish more information wa

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Make space for chickens

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Image courtesy of Ryan's Garden Keeping chickens at home or at the allotment is becoming increasingly popular and when you look at the positives of doing so it’s plain to see why so many people are doing it. Yesterday, the Seed Parade forums went crazy with chicken talk and so I thought it only right that we acknowledge our feathery friends. Chickens make excellent pets and offer hours of entertainment. Any chicken keeper will know just how easy it is to simply sit and watch these creatures go about their daily lives. Watching how chickens interact and behave, depending on their place in the pecking order, is truly enthralling. Chickens are often very fond of human attention too. Three of my chickens, which I keep at my nearby allotment, battle for attention and make a racket when y

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Chives: a perennial favourite

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender April 13, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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I have several favourite perennial herbs but Chives, in all its forms, has to be the one herb that I have planted most, finding homes in at least 5 different locations – a sign that it’s well loved and well used. It’s resilient, largely maintenance free and it doesn’t need a lot, if any care. In fact, it’s so easy to grow that once you have an established clump you can simply divide it and pot it on or add it to another area of the garden or vegetable garden. It’s a truly versatile plant and is happy in most situations as long as it gets a good bit of sun. It makes for a great container plant also and is largely drought tolerant. The beauty of this plant, however, is that it has a dual purpose. Chives are not just delicious, having a light onion or garlic taste, but the

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Drop that beet

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender March 30, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Beetroot is a relatively new taste for me as I’ve largely avoided it for the vast majority of my life so far. Growing up pickled beetroot was ever present but it wasn’t exactly appealing to a child’s palette. Allotment gardening has put pay to this. Not only is Betroot a rather easy vegetable to grow, it’s also a very versatile and rewarding. Beetroot is typically a great salad vegetable that lends itself very well to slicing, dicing and grating when raw or alternatively it’s fantastic boiled and, of course, it is rather nice when pickled. After pickling my own with a custom spiced vinegar those days of revering that ‘weird purple vegetable in a jar of vinegar’ was gone. In it’s place I found a beautiful tasting food that was perfect with salads, cheeses and other dish

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Charm and the all year round cauliflower

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender March 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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When I was young cauliflower was one of those dishes that I had serious problems with. A vegetable with a watery consistency and a typical brassica taste, the dish wasn’t for me. But then later in life, after realising the cauliflower I had eaten years before had been cooked to a point close to total annihilation, I tasted beautifully cooked al dente cauliflower and cauliflower cheese. I was converted. If you can’t get enough of cauliflower cheese and other cauli dishes then look no further as with these two great cultivars we have no excuse not to grow it year round. In years gone by most people have tended to restrict themselves to growing Cauliflower for cropping in late Autumn or Winter but by sowing indoors now, or outside in around a month, you can harvest crops in Summer.

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Hot Peppers: Turn up the heat

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender February 10, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , , , Comment No Comments
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Even though it’s cold outside things are beginning to hot up indoors as now is the perfect time of year to start sowing hot peppers. Hot peppers, or Chillies as they’re more commonly known, take quite some time to grow and ripen and by sowing in January/February this will mean that you are rewarded with a decent crop in July/August, allowing fruits to ripen in the Summer sun.  Chillies are massively popular right now and are incredibly easy to grow with a little know how.   To get started, all you will need is your hot pepper seeds, good quality seed compost, a seed tray, cell trays or plant pots, and a warm place to let them germinate.  Fill your container with compost and firm it lightly, this will ensure that when you sow your seed it will have good contact with the compost

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