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Container Gardening: How to Get Started

Posted by Alix Francis on 30th Jan 2019

If you’re eager to start growing your own veg but have a small garden or live somewhere with a limited growing space, container gardening is the one for you.All you need is a small, well lit space and you can start your own mini veg plot.Apart from giving you a place to grow veg, container gardening offers many other benefits such as; It saves water as you only need to water your containersProduces healthy plants as it’s easier to maintain than a gardenYou have fewer pest issues because you can relocate your container easilySunlight can be taken advantage of as you can move your conta
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Chilli Growing

Posted by Alix Francis on 22nd Jan 2019

Add a little kick to your dishes from growing your own chillies. Home grown chilli peppers have radiant colours, amazing textures and lots of flavour! You can buy a variety of chilli seed to grow from sweet and mild to fierce and fiery. January and February are the perfect months to start sowing chilli peppers as it gives them plenty of time to ripen before the end of summer. You can grow them up until April but starting off earlier means they will start becoming active in March or April. Choosing your Chilli
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Growing Rhubarb in Pots

Posted by Alix Francis on 21st Jan 2019

An attractive hardy perennial that tastes delicious and looks beautiful. Rhubarb plants are exceptionally easy to grow and if well kept will remain productive for at least 10 years. Like asparagus, rhubarb needs time to grow, get stronger and establish its roots. It doesn’t need as long as asparagus, rhubarb can be harvested after a year. What You Need to Get Started Rhubarb Crowns A Fork Compost or Well-Rotted Manure Large Pot or Container Soil Preparation Dig over your soil a fe
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How to Grow Asparagus

Posted by Alix Francis on 14th Jan 2019

Asparagus Is a fairly easy to grow perennial vegetable that thrives well in sunny, undisturbed, maintained sites.You can either grow asparagus in well-drained soil or raised beds, as long as they’re kept well fed and weed-free.To Get Started You Will Need Asparagus Crowns (Typically a year old)ForkSpadeFertiliser Granules Compost / Organic MatterPreparing an Asparagus BedAsparagus beds should be prepared in advance of planting.Select an idea area for your asparagus ensuring the ground is completely weed free.Soil can be improved by adding a bucket of compost or organic matter, per square
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Growing Onions

Posted by Alix Francis on 9th Jan 2019

One of the easiest crops to grow and the most featured ingredient in recipes around the world. Onions are usually grown from baby onions which are called ‘sets’ however onion seeds are available.If you want a quick, easy crop of onions, starting from sets is the route to go.Growing Onions from SetsBefore sowing your onion sets it would be beneficial to improve the soil with either a bucket of compost or well-rotted manure. To get your onions to thrive you need to sow them in a sunny, sheltered site with fertile, moisture-retentive soil. Rake over your soil to break down large lumps and beg
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