Posts Tagged ‘veg’

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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Competition Winning Pumpkin and the Consequent Glut…..!

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender November 4, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , Comment 1 Comment
Our 14kg pumpkin!

The allotment we belong to holds an annual Halloween pumpkin growing competition. We’d never grown a pumpkin before, but thought we’d enter and have it as another vegetable ticked off our ‘attempted to grow’ list. We were given a Big Max seedling in May which we planted into a circular trench to aid water retention (unbeknownst to us we didn’t really need to worry about that given this year’s summer deluge!). We dug plenty of compost into the trench from the allotment compost heap, minus the little bits of plastic bags and general non-biodegradable rubbish that inevitably finds it’s way into communal compost heaps, along with a couple of spades of straw. We thought the addition of straw would add aeration around the root system. We hadn’t read that this was necessarily

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