Archive | Growing Vegetables

How to guides and ideas on growing vegetables

Overwintering Onions Trial - onion sets

Overwintering Onions Trial

This year we will be experimenting with overwintering onions, and comparing them to onions we plant in spring next year. Will they survive the winter? Will they provide an earlier harvest than spring planted varieties (they should do!), and if they do, how much earlier? That’s what we want to find out. Overwintering Onions Trial […]

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Overwintering Broadbeans Trial Planting

Overwintering Broad Bean Trial

Will this winter be kind and let overwintering broad beans survive? What are the best varieties to sow? Will it be worth it compared to a spring planting? They are all the questions we’ll be looking to answer in our overwintering broad bean trial. Three broad bean varieties have been included: Not all broad bean […]

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Overwintering Broad Beans

Overwintering Broad Beans

Broad beans are the hardy member of the bean family, packed full of vitamins, and one of the earliest crops of the New Year. They can be eaten for their pods when young (under 10cm in length) or left to mature for their beans. You may like to see this article on how to store […]

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Overwintering Onions Harvesting

Overwintering Onions

Overwintering onions is not without risk of failure, but chances of success can be greatly increased by choosing the right onion variety and planting early in autumn (from late September / October). If you live in a cold area, an earlier sowing becomes more important to allow the plants to become established before freezing winter […]

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Overwintering Garlic

Overwintering Garlic

September is an excellent time to prepare for planting garlic for overwintering, as the best planting time is October – November. Tasks for now are: For most people (not living next to a garlic farm) the widest variety of garlic is available through mail order. Ordering now will mean your bulbs should arrive for the […]

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How to store broad beans - first shelling

How To Store Broad Beans

Broad beans are nutritious, easy to grow, and for some people delicious too. However, most gardeners have at some point probably experienced that chewing gum feeling when munching on the tough skin of broad beans. This often means that broad beans are used sparingly by a cook to complement and add nutrition to meals like […]

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How to store beetroot - in a box

How To Store Beetroot

Beetroot is delicious in salads, but perhaps even better eaten hot either roasted or boiled during the winter months. The good news is that beetroot is easy to store! Beetroot will store very well left in-situ on the allotment. It is a very hardy vegetable, and neither wet or very cold weather will damage the […]

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July Allotment Jobs - Redcurrants

July Allotment Jobs

Wow! Where did this weather come from! July is now feeling like summer, and it is almost time for the allotmenter to brush cobwebs off the garden chairs and clean the barbecue. But not just yet! Here are 10 jobs to consider for the hot July weather: 1) Staking Heat sensitive plants are now beginning […]

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Ten Vegetables To Sow In June

Ten Vegetables To Sow In June

June is a month when all the hard work of germinating seed either indoors or in a greenhouse, followed by potting on and planting out, is almost at an end. Plants are now in their final positions just awaiting sunshine and warm nights to grow to maturity. What if you haven’t already done this? One […]

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Growing Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

  Tomatoes are one of, if not the most popular, vegetables to grow at home. For good reason too, they taste more delicious when homegrown, properly ripened on the plant and grown in good organic compost or soil.  Of course tomatoes are actually a fruit, and like many fruits sunshine and warmth are key ingredients […]

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