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Gardening in February 1

Posted on February 07, 2011 by Gardening Guru

Herbst & Winter Radish

February is not a good gardening month.  There….I have said it.  Cold, dark, windy and the soil is still too wet to really get on to it.  However it is a good month to visit gardens looking for inspiration just as you are planning your plot for the spring.  Read the rest of this entry →

Killer Fruit! 1

Posted on December 29, 2010 by Gardening Guru

An ACE tomato killer

Now this may be old news to some of you but I recently read an article, by Richard Alleyne of The Telegraph, in which he wrote that botantists have discovered that the humble tomato plant is carnivorous. Read the rest of this entry →

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 →

Vegetables to Sow in July 0

Posted on July 23, 2010 by Gardening Guru

July Crops – Sowing and Eating!
There is still time to sow seeds for quick growing Summer crops, such as lettuce and radish, so use any spare gaps in the garden, such as beneath taller plants. Also, some greens need to be grown in succession through the season for a continual supply, so sow and transplant in preparation for later crops, such as dwarf beans and spinach beet. Whilst sunny July is a strange time to be thinking of the colder months, the gardener needs to be prepared so it is time to think about sowing and transplanting Winter and Spring crops, such as leeks and the brassica family of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower – they need to have a head start before the cold sets in!
If you do not have a garden, a sunny windowsill is still ideal for herbs in pots and “cut and come again” lettuces – place in a tray to water the roots rather than from above, especially if you are away for a few days. Many herbs sown earlier will be starting to flower, so you should start to harvest and conserve them for use later in the year. Chop parsley and mint leaves and freeze in ice cube trays with a dash of water. Other herbs can be frozen whole in bags such as thyme sprigs and basil leaves. Alternatively, make a herb flavoured vinegar or olive oil for the larder.

The great thing about July is the opportunity to start harvesting and eating the efforts we made earlier in the year! Pick as many peas and beans as you can, before they become tough – it is also necessary to pick the pods to encourage the plant to produce more – otherwise it thinks its reproductive work is over! Vegetables, such as courgettes, cucumbers and squash, also need picking at their optimal size, before becoming large and tough.

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