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Greenhouse, Garden & Allotment Blog

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 CrownsA ForkCompost or Well-Rotted ManureLarge Pot or ContainerSoil PreparationDig over your soil a few weeks before planting your rhubarb, removing any stones and adding as much organic matter as you possibly can.Note
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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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How to Make Organic Compost

Posted by Alix Francis on 7th Jan 2019

Having a compost bin or heap in your garden or down the allotment is invaluable, it’s fantastic for improving soil, mulching and as a growing medium.It will improve the structure of your soil and aid nutrient retention. Making a decent compost requires a 50:50 mix of materials which are rich in carbon and nitrogen. Carbon is created from brown materials such as woody stems and cardboard.Nitrogen is created from green materials such as grass clippings.For every bucket of brown material you add to your compost, you will need a bucket of green material too. To encourage your compost to brea
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Winter Gardening Checklist

Posted by Alix Francis on 4th Jan 2019

Not much happens in the garden during January, there are a few seeds which can be sown and grown but it’s definitely one of the quieter months of the year.Starting on key winter gardening jobs will help you have a head start for when the new growing season comes in. Cleaning Garden PotsCheck for damaged and cracks in your garden pots and discard of any which can’t be used in future. Once you’ve got rid of the ones which can’t be reused, brush off the dirt collected from last season and store them away.Mulch Bushes, Shrubs & Spring BulbsSpreading a layer of mulch around the garden will no
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