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February Fun Time.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender February 4, 2013 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments
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I dont know where January went to, but February is here already! This for me is the real start of the gardening year ' February Fun Time' is when I start to sow in earnest. I get so excited with the promise of the new growing season, that even the bad memories of 2012 are fading fast. I like to get a start on the year by sowing indoors and in modules. Broad bean Aquadulce Claudia have been sown in modules and new for me this year, the pink seeded 'Karmazan'. I have sown early peas Douce Provence in modules too and my early potatoes are chitting nicely. I have Kelsae onion and Mammoth leek seedlings coming on nicely, with lettuce and herbs seedling coming through. The house windowsills are fast filling up with chilli and early tomato plants, oh! I do love this time of year.  Check out

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Growing Celery and Celeriac.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender January 5, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , Comment 1 Comment
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  Celery and Celeriac [ Apium graveolens ] were bred from the same wild plant. Celeriac grown for it's swollen stem base or root, is much hardier than stem celery when mature. The availability of self blanching varieties of celery have made the growing of this vegetable much easier for the home gardener. You can still grow 'trench celery' from seed, but as it requires a lot more work and attention and takes up more room on the plot, I have concentrated on the 'self blanching' types. Soil Preparation. Celery and celeriac likes a moisture retentive but well drained soil in a sunny spot in the garden. The addition of well rotted manure or garden compost in the Autum/Winter will help retain the moisture and adding sharp sand will aid drainage of heavy soil. Some of the compac

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Growing Brussels Sprouts

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender December 8, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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Brussels Sprouts [ Brassica oleracea ] you either love them or hate them, I love them! What Christmas dinner table would be complete without them! They appeared as a sport from a cabbage plant and are a very hardy winter vegetable that can stand our coldest winters here in the UK. By choosing early and late varieties, you can have fresh sprouts from late summer right through the winter. Soil Preparation. Sprouts like a rich firm soil so add lots of well rotted manure or garden compost in the winter and let the soil settle before planting. Choose a sunny, sheltered site protected from strong winds. As all brassicas like a slightly alkaline soil, add a dressing of lime before planting. If in doubt you can do a soil test. Sowing. Traditionally sprouts are sown into a nurse

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Growing Parsnips

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender November 18, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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The parsnip [ Pastinaca sativa ] is related to the carrot and was brought to Britain by the Romans. It is a very hardy root vegetable and is wonderful when roasted. It also makes a great addition to casserole, soups and stews and is a must for the Christmas dinner table. Parnips are quite easy to grow and require little maintenence. They can be left in the garden, even in the coldest weather. Parsnips are usually sown in early spring, and if successive sowings are made, parsnips can be harvested from autumn right through the winter. Soil Preparation. Dont add fresh manure to the area you are going to sow your parsnips as this can cause to growing roots to fork or split. Parsnips can grow quite long and large, so a good deep, stone free soil is best. Like carrots, they prefer a well d

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Growing Leeks

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender October 30, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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The Leek [ Allium ampeloprasum var: porrum ], is one of our hardiest and most versatile vegetables. A member of the onion family it closely related to elephant garlic. The leek is a good vegetable for cooler climates like ours, is easy to grow and can fill the harvest gap when there is little else in the garden. By choosing the right varieties, and sowing from February to August, leeks can be harvested for most of the year. They will stand in the ground through the worst of the winter weather. Leeks are a biennial and will produce seedheads in their second year. They can also produce baby leeks on the seedhead called grass or pips. These can be overwintered undercover and planted the following spring. The grass or pips are what exhibition leek grower use to grow their show leeks. Somet

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Problems with Squashes and Pumpkins.

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      There seems to be a lot of questions arising from problems with Squashes and Pumpkins this season.  The Cucubit family which includes Squashes, Pumpkins, Melons, Cucumbers and Courgettes seem to be causing many folks trouble. Many have told of poor germination or not germinating at all. This sowing season has been cold and wet. Even indoors the nights and some days have been much cooler and damper than usual, this is often the cause of poor germination. Cucubits in particular hate been cold and wet. They originate mainly from South and Central America, this tells you they like it warm. They do like lots of water when it's warm and they are growing strongly in the garden, but not as seedlings, wet will kill them. Cool damp conditions cause seeds to rot bef

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