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Jerusalem !

Jerusalem !No, not the hymn, but the artichoke. This plant has many hidden virtues to commend itself. It originated from North America, is a member of the sunflower family, and at one time in the early 17th century was even more popular than potatoes. The virtues first: It is excellent for screening, growing up to 10ft [...]

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Safety in onions

onionsets-indoors-1024×768You’ve heard of the saying “safety in numbers”, well here’s the onion version. Back in October, we sowed several rows of red and yellow onion sets and yet had some left over. Rather than throw them out, we sowed them in modules for overwintering in the greenhouse. They will come in handy to fill any [...]

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Something for a cold winter’s day

Something for a cold winter’s dayWell the days have drawn in. Its grey, cold and damp not the kind of conditions to be out in the garden, as the rain excesses of last Sunday start draining away. So here’s something that can be grown on the window sill, that takes only a modest amount of time each day, and whats [...]

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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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