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How to guides and ideas on growing vegetables

Germinating Using Rock Wool Cubes - Roots

Germinating Using Rock Wool Cubes

Germination using rock wool is a common practice for commercial growers, and anyone growing hydroponically. What is good about germinating using rock wool is its convenience. There is no need to venture outside to fill seed pots or trays with soil. It is also very easy to do and reliable. (Click on pictures to enlarge.) […]

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How to use a heated propagator

How To Use A Heated Propagator

Even though it is cold outside, even snowing, late winter and early spring is an ideal time to sow many vegetables – especially those that enjoy long summers like tomatoes, peppers, and aubergine. We have found our heated propagator to be a good investment, as it speeds up germination and makes the whole process more […]

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How To Prune Tomatoes

How To Prune Tomatoes

When it comes to how to prune tomatoes, there are two general types of tomato plants. Ones that grow upwards with a central stem, called indeterminate tomatoes that need pruning, and bush or tumbling varieties that don’t need pruning. You may like to see our page “How To Grow Tomatoes“. Apart from checking the seed […]

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Broad Bean Growing Trial - April 2014

Overwintering Broad Bean Trial

Having planted our broad beans on the 6th October, we now have young broad bean pods emerging at the end of April. This is remarkably early, and perhaps equally notably, also devoid of black fly. We hope to be eating our broad beans within a fortnight. It looks like a very positive result compared to […]

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Overwintering Trial - Elephant Garlic 2nd February

Garlic & Onion Growing Trial

It seems to be a great year for overwintering garlic and onion on our plot. A prolonged period of cold weather could yet change things, but the relatively warm autumn and winter has lead to excellent germination rates. Garlic The star of our garlic growing trial is elephant garlic, shown in the picture above (it […]

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Overwintering Broad Bean Trial - 2nd February

Overwintering Broad Bean Trial

Since planting our broad beans in October, the weather has been relatively warm, very windy, and above everything else wet. (Click to see our introduction to our broad bean trial here.) Our February inspection of the three varieties growing on our plot has been surprising – in a good way. Our plot sits above very sandy […]

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Vitamin C In Vegetables

Vitamin C In Vegetables

Following our recent post on vitamin C in fruit, this post looks at levels of vitamin C in vegetables, as an indicator of which vegetables are healthiest to grow. The raw data comes from the United States Department of Agriculture National Nutrition Database. Vitamin C In Vegetables Compared To Fruit When we were compiling the information to […]

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Garlic Growing Trial

Garlic Growing Trial

Garlic is packed full of vitamins – especially B6 and vitamin C- and is a staple ingredient in many meals because of its strong flavour. In our trial we want to discover what varieties will grow best, mature earliest, develop the largest bulb size, and have the strongest flavour (at least on our plot on […]

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