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Long, hot, and dry Summer ahead !

Long, hot, and dry Summer ahead !April showers have not been sufficient to send a surge of growth, weeds are barely peeping through, when this should be the busiest time of the year. Only yesterday I was cutting turfs away to transplant some hazel and found the ground underneath was bone dry. If the long range forecast is to believed then […]

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The difficult one!

The difficult one!There’s always one plant that no matter how hard you try always seems to be difficult.  For me its sweet peppers. Yes, they need an early start to be producing in mid summer, but a warm window sill, even with a backing frame of silver foil is not enough to promote steady growth, go to […]

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Fresh Mint

Fresh MintIt’s now a great time to guarantee some fresh mint for those new potatoes.  For first earlies I usually rely on pots filled with garden compost, in a cold greenhouse, and start these in early March. As an alternative I have surrounded a bed with secondary double glazing panes and used recycled plastic sheeting as […]

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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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