Words of Wisdom from the Gardening Guru

Sow What?

Growing Strawberries 2

Posted on August 26, 2010 by Gardening Guru

Following on from my earlier post about how to look after your strawberries I thought that the information ‘job’ should be finished off and instead of just spreading a bit of housekeeping knowledge it may be beneficial to give some tips on how to plant and generally look after your strawberries as well.

I am a great fan of the humble strawberry (as I think we nearly all are) the taste is fantastic and I think that just the look of a bright red, shiny strawberry is something that gets the taste buds going.  They are also quite easy to grow, don’t require too much looking after and can take up as much, or as little, space as you want them to have.  They are quite happy growing in pots just as they are quite happy being given a whole bed. Read the rest of this entry →

Winter Salad – Get it sown 2

Posted on August 05, 2010 by Gardening Guru
Lettuce lollo-rossa from Original Touch

Lollo-rossa - just one of many of our varieties of lettuce which can be autumn sown

Lettuce is not just for the summer.  This may sound a little crazy to most people but there are many varieties that are ready to be sown now and will give lovely, fresh, green salad leaves during the darkest of months and when many vegetables, especially something with a hint of summer, have long gone and are just a distant memory.

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Sow Beetroot NOW for Autumn Harvest 0

Posted on August 03, 2010 by Gardening Guru
Beetroot 'tonda-di-chioggia' with some slices showing interesting patterns.

Beetroot 'tonda-di-chioggia' can be sown as late as October.

It is still not too late to sow beetroot seeds and have them ready for harvesting during the autumn.  Many varieties of beetroot can be sown right through until late September with our Tonda di Chioggia happy at being sown until October.  If you want to be enjoying your beetroot in a few weeks time then the seeds need to be helped and this can be done by firstly planting them in pots.  This ensures the soil is warm and you can give them a little extra care.  The seeds will benefit from fertile soil and it should be kept moist and in the sun as warmth plays a big part in speedy germination.

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August on the Vegetable Garden 0

Posted on August 02, 2010 by Gardening Guru
Samantha finds time to keep an eye on her vegetables

There's always plenty to do with your vegetable plot - even in August!

Many people are inclined to ‘take their eye off the ball’ in August when it comes to vegetable gardening – The days are still long and it’s time for many of us to go off on holiday, but there’s still plenty we could be doing to maximise the potential of our vegetable plots, and there’s still time to be sowing a few vegetable seeds even in August. Read the rest of this entry →

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