Posts Tagged ‘Varieties’

Container Potatoes.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender January 20, 2013 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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There is nothing much better from the veg garden, than the first new potatoes. Served with butter and fresh mint, to me that is heaven. I dont have an allotment and I have only a moderate sized garden, so I grow potatoes in containers. I concentrate on growing first and second earlies only, but you can grow maincrops too. Containers. You can grow your potatoes in any container but the bigger the better. You can use pots, tubs, buckets, old compost sacks or specialist potato growing bags. You can even use old dustbins and stacked tyres. I have used the large sized reuseable bags bought from supermarkets for about 40p. They even have handles on for easy moving. Whatever container you use, you will need to make some drainage holes. I find drainage holes work best if made along the s

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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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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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