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Kale or Cabbage?

Kale or Cabbage?Which is the best to grow and which gives the better harvest? I come down firmly in favour of Kale, and to be more precise, Italian black kale (Cavola nero). Why is this, well simply three main reasons, putting aside for the moment the health benefits of both and which might be superior in this [...]

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WATER CRESS a winter treat

WATER CRESS a winter treatAlthough its name suggests that it should only be grown in water, it can in fact be grown like most other salad leaf crops in a growing medium (soil). The only thing to bear in mind is that it does need water to promote rapid growth and good quality leaves. The time for planting from [...]

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Bonfires by-products

The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness is upon us, and as the growing season ends, thoughts turn to tidying up. A bonfire has traditionally been thought of as the best way to achieve this, and also to provide wood ash, a useful source of potash (think tomatoes).  It can also be managed to provide [...]

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Tucking up the winter veggie bed

Tucking up the winter veggie bedThat sharp cold snap has finished off my climbing french beans. Its been a good year courtesy of the compost trench and a policy of heavy picking every few days, the latter promotes the production of more flowers and hence more beans, but its time to put something back for next year. Remove the poles [...]

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Apples – Sage advice

Apples – Sage adviceMany years ago as a wee nipper of not yet double figures I received some advice that had taken a life time of thought, and which at the time seemed to be so difficult to understand that I remembered it. The first statement was that “people look at apple trees but never see them” and [...]

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