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Time for a change!

Time for a change!Sometimes you just get stuck in a rut, planting the same varieties year after year. So what are you going to grow new this year? I have changed to mange tout, and sugar pod peas, one you eat fat and juicy with peas bursting the pod and the other thin and hopefully not stringy. Why [...]

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Broad beans – hidden talent!

Broad beans – hidden talent!I find that broad beans always benefit from sprouting before planting in pots, or placing in the ground. I prefer pots on the basis that they get a good start, but once again not for too long, just let the green shoot appear. Sprouting is simplicity itself just use the same technique as normal sprouting, [...]

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Dandelions and Docks – time for action

Dandelions and Docks – time for actionIt’s now a perfect time to pay attention to those pernicious weeds, dandelion and docks. They are just gently slumbering after a long winter slow down and with the soil being moist they can be eased out with gentle persuasion from a garden fork. I would dearly like to say with no root breakage, but [...]

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Autumn fruiting raspberrries – an eye for the best!

Autumn fruiting raspberrries – an eye for the best!All raspberries run a little bit, and now’s the ideal time to round up these runaways and either discard or add to your stock. I like to regularly change their location in the garden and so am unusually tolerant of them during the rest of the year, selecting what I hope on the previous years [...]

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Leeks – a healthy old favourite

Leeks – a healthy old favouriteThe first of March is when I start to sow seeds in earnest, having found by experience that the increasing light levels and warmth result in better plants. I used to use seed trays and then moved on to the small individualised trays, but in both cases found that you need close attention to watering, [...]

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