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Time to Start Sowing Leeks

You can sow Leek seed indoors during January and February then outside in March and April. The plants will then be planted in the kitchen garden in May once the threat of frost has past. GROWING GUIDE: How to Grow Leeks

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Dig a trench for climbing beans

Whether you are planning to grow Runner (Pole) Beans or French Climbing Beans, they all love a good base of moisture to help them grow. Over Christmas is a perfect time to start planning for this crop. Traditionally they are grown in rows, using …

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Planting Spring Bulbs

daffodil

As the evening light fades earlier and earlier, nothing warms the heart more than thinking of spring and the first splash of colour. Now is the time to be planting spring bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, grape hyacinths and crocus. Even if you’ve …

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Using leaves to make free compost

At this time of year there is an abundance of leaves falling from trees that make for excellent leaf mould compost. You can create your own for use on the garden as either a mulch or for bulking up raised beds. Every year you …

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Growing Borage, what are the benefits?

This week I sowed a tray of borage seeds. I’ve had borage in other gardens of mine but not in the current one. The bees adore the blue starry flowers. I’ve heard they can be used in salads but I’ve never tried that myself. …

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Hyacinths for Christmas Colour

If you can’t wait for the first spring bulbs to bloom next year and want to have flowers at home during Christmas, Hyacinths are perfect for adding a splash of colour to the dark early evenings with the added scented bonus. This is achieved …

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The Best Spuds for Jacket Potatoes

I’ve just returned home from the allotment. There were many people tending their plots this evening and we all commented on how dark it was getting at 7:30pm. With the light fading I rushed to harvest some potatoes for dinner. In my no-dig beds …

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