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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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Apples – Pests

Apples – PestsApples are beset by a host of pests from aphids to caterpillars, but a little lateral thinking and close attention to detail should prevent a serious problem arising. GROWTH – With organic apple growing its even more important to ensure you do your best to maintain a heathy, vigorous, unstressed tree. This gives it the [...]

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Compost – A quick reminder

Compost – A quick reminderI came across this condensed but simple way to remember how to make a good compost, so I thought I would share it with you. C -CARBONS – browns O – ONLY a small proportion (1/3) of nitrogen’s – greens M – MOISTURE P – PROCESS STARTER – soil, urine O – OXYGEN S – [...]

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October Garden musings from Master Gardener Robin

October Garden musings from Master Gardener RobinOctober can be a very strange month, weather wise. Some days you are sure that winter is here but the next it seems like late summer. One thing that is very evident is that plants have virtually stopped growing whatever the conditions. This is mainly caused by the relatively weak sunshine rather than temperature. You [...]

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