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Growing Garlic – How to Grow Garlic

October and November are the months to plant your autumn garlic. Thank you to The Garlic Farm for supplying me with the cloves. http://www.thegarlicfarm.co.uk Plant garlic in rows in any well drained soil in full sun. It is important that the soil does not become waterlogged so incorporate plenty of …

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How to Stop Cauliflowers Turning Yellow

Cauliflower curds, the edible white part, can turn yellow if they are exposed to sunlight. To stop this gather all the outer leaves and tie them together by either using garden twine or, even better, use an elastic band as they can expand themselves as the plant grows bigger. The …

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Growing Sweetcorn – How to Grow Sweetcorn

There is nothing more rewarding than breaking a cob of corn off the plant and cooking it within minutes of harvesting. VARIETIES SWIFT An early maturing, extra tender sweet corn with a high sugar content that gives a deliciously sweet flavour. It has a dwarf habit and improved performance in …

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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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