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Growing Runner Beans – How to Grow Runner Beans

A very easy vegetable to grow and even a small amount of plants will give you a bountiful harvest. VARIETIES PAINTED LADY Bicoloured variety red-and-white flowers. Produces a heavy crop of medium length pods over a long season if picked regularly. The perfect choice for the flower garden where it …

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How to make Elderflower Champagne

The elderflowers are in full bloom at the moment. Many years ago Jonathan Wallace came to visit me and we make some elderflower champagne, it was wonderful. We drank some a month later and the rest was kept for around 6 months. All bottles were drunk within the day it …

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What is Hardening Off?

Seeds and plants raised on the windowsill or in the greenhouse need to be ‘hardened off’ before planting into their final growing positions in the garden. Hardening off is the process of putting plants outside during the day but returning them indoors for the night. This helps the plants acclimatise …

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Receiving a 28 Day Letter

Within the allotment world there is a phrase which puts fear into the heart of any gardener – the ’28 Day letter’. If you have been sent a 28 day letter it usually means that your plot isn’t meeting the standards of that allotment site. You will have 28 days …

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Sowing Soapwort – Grow Your Own Soap

Using the roots, Soapwort, will produce a lather in the bowl, so it is possible to grow your own soap! Keep it in check thought as it can quickly spread like a weed. Saponaria officinalis is a common perennial plant from the carnation family. This plant has many common names, …

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Why does Rhubarb grow a flower head?

Although we prominently use rhubarb in desserts and cordials, it is actually classed as a vegetable. Every Autumn I dispose of the compost from hanging baskets and pots over the rhubarb crown with a few handfuls of chicken manure pellets. Rhubarb is a hungry crop and needs feeding otherwise you’ll …

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