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For the Love of Squashes

Posted by Purple Sweetpea, Claire on 30th Mar 2017

I love growing squashes; they are a fantastic crop that gives a big harvest, you can even eat their lovely flowers that are beautiful to top a salad with. The first squashes we ever grew were Jack O' lantern Pumpkins. We sowed the seeds a little too late in the season but we still managed a harvest and both boys had a pumpkin for Halloween that they had grown from seed.Squash plants need plenty of room and grow to their full potential in a well-rotted compost pile. My favourite variety of squash to date is Patty Pans. A few years back, fairly new to gardening myself, I bought Patty Pan s
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When to Sow

Posted by Purple Sweetpea - Claire on 14th Mar 2017

This subject seems to come up ‘year in, year out’ with gardeners, apart from those who have refined their knowledge of the area and the land they grow in. You will find these people are able to give excellent advice of when exactly to sow the seeds that they want to grow and are usually happy to share this information.I am however, still learning and not quite getting it right. Last year I sowed my Sweet Corn and Patty Pans too late, resulting in a reduced crop, and I sowed my outdoor tomatoes too early and lost the plants completely.This year I nearly made the mistake of using the earli
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