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Turbo Veg

7. February 2010

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Turbo Veg

Scientific boffins are rising to the challenge of Grow Your Own by producing a robust new generation of turbo veg . By grafting veg onto vigorous rootstocks, they have produced top quality, resilient produce that can be bought as young plants for the first time in Spring 2010. Try the turbo-charged beef steak tomato from […]

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Veg patch planning

25. January 2010

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Veg patch planning

One of the best things about growing your own veg is planning exactly what to grow and where to locate the various crops. There is such a huge choice of different crops now that is obviously quite a challenge to find room for everything. Check out this on-line system if you are at the crucial […]

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Climate change allotments bloom

18. January 2010

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Following on from my last blog , it does appear that the government are finallywaking up to the power of individuals growing their own food in their own gardens, roof-tops or any available space: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/jan/04/grow-your-own-unused-land-2030 The BBC has also got behind the value of growing your own produce to combat carbon emmissions .Check out its […]

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The future of fruit

11. October 2009

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The future of fruit

Its been a bumper Autumn harvest for apples and blackberries in the garden. All over the country there have been reports of huge crops of lovely ripe fruit . This is the result of  lots of lovely sunshine and rain at the right times over the summer. The cold winter also had its part to […]

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Overseas veg take root on the South Coast

11. September 2009

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Overseas veg take root on the South Coast

I popped round to see what has been happening in The Village allotments in the Meads, Eastbourne and bumped into a very interesting guy called Jo. I was actually admiring his impressive sweet corn – or maize as he calls it – and he explained that he had grown them from seed sent to him […]

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National Allotments Week inspires veg plot party

9. August 2009

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National Allotments Week inspires veg plot party

This week is being celebrated on allotments all over the UK as it is National Allotments Week. Run by the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Growers since 2005, this aims to promote the awareness and availablitity of allotments locally and nationally to demonstrate to local authorities the strength of support and interest for the […]

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Grow your Own exhibit at the Garden Museum

31. July 2009

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Grow your Own exhibit at the Garden Museum

The Garden Museum  located in Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1, is one of the leading national venues for exhibitons and debate on gardens and garden design. It celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events, symposia and garden. Visit the web-site to find out more about the Museum’s range of activities http://www.gardenmuseum.org.uk […]

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Mini NASA allotment targets “space” savers

30. July 2009

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If you are a long way down the waiting list to get a local allotment from your council, then NASA have designed one for astronauts that may be just the answer. It uses no water or soil, just requires a power supply as reported by the Daily Mail: The Power Plant Growing Machine was designed […]

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Grow Your Own fever hits London

27. July 2009

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Grow Your Own fever hits London

It appears that  Grow Your Own is gripping the capital this summer. The desire to harvest crops of runner beans , tomatoes, courgettes, peppers, parsnips and much more is being fuelled by the daily musings of the London Standard newspaper which is running a “Grow Your Own” campaign. Every day a different story highlights the […]

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Hanging city gardens reduce food imports

25. July 2009

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Hanging city gardens reduce food imports

The European Environment Agency is considering Europe-wide building regulations that would encourage developers to include “vertical allotments” in their designs. Walls, balconies and roofs would be used to cultivate fruit and vegetables, reducing the need to bring food from the countryside. With 80% of people living in towns in the UK and 23% of each […]

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