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Allotment Adventures

19. April 2010

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Allotment Adventures

I have been digging over my allotment, inspired by Alys Fowler’s second Edible Garden programme. Have also invested in her excellent book of the same name which is a great read with helpful info and stylish photos. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edible-Garden-How-Have-Your/dp/1846079748 Alice’s experiences with tomato blight were the main theme this week. She does seem to have been […]

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RHS and BBC promote Grow your Own

6. April 2010

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RHS and BBC promote Grow your Own

Grow Your Own appears to be the recipe for engaging gardeners at the moment. Both the RHS and the BBC have excellent on-line resources with tips, guides and ideas for growing anything and everything edible this year. I personally like the BBC Dig In site which is easy to use and clearly explains how to grow different types of crop. http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/digin/vegetables/ […]

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How to set up a vegetable allotment

5. April 2010

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How to set up a vegetable allotment

Great excitement – today I was given a patch of soil at The Village allotments by my local buddy, Councillor Steve Wallis who just happens to be the portfolio holder for the Environment at Eastbourne Borough Council. It is nearly a year since I first discovered the Village with its totally unique set up of […]

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Grow Your Own Produce in 2010

2. April 2010

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Grow Your Own Produce in 2010

Growing your own fruit and veg is increasing in popularity . According to Christopher Woodward, curator of Lambeth’s Garden Museum “In the uncertainty of a recession we want soil, roots and a sense of belonging”. I feel this is perhaps a very romantic view of why so many people are starting to grow their own veg. […]

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Chillies are hot stuff

31. March 2010

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Chillies are hot stuff

Currently one of the “must have” designer plants are CHILLIES. They can be grown as decorative plants or for their wonderful fruits. Chillies are doing well in the UK as the traditional growing season lengthens combined with longer periods of intense heat.They come in a range of delicious colours and different intensity of spice but […]

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Grow your own in local skips

8. March 2010

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Gardeners are being encouraged to grow carrots in skips on building sites and tomatoes in hospital car parks under new plans to increase the amount of land available for grow-your-own vegetables. The Government is setting up a national “Landbank” that will link keen gardeners with public or private land available in their area where they […]

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Spring in a box

7. March 2010

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Spring in a box

Beautiful sunshine tempted me into the garden early this morning but a biting wind soon sent me back indoors. I suppose this puts me into the category of fair weather gardener? My enthusiasm to get gardening is not just down to the sunshine today. I have been inspired by a beautiful leaflet I just received […]

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RHS grow fruit and veg by phone

26. February 2010

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RHS grow fruit and veg by phone

The RHS have just launched a free innovative RHS Grow Your Own iphone app at http://www.rhs.org.uk/iphone This is part of an excellent on-line campaign to encourage Grow Your Own in 2010.The aim is to build a UK map showing where people are growing their own produce and to find out what crops are most popular. […]

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Ready, Steady Grow

21. February 2010

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Ready, Steady Grow

The days are definitely getting longer which is such good news. It stayed light till at least 6pm tonight. This is the time of year when I dig out my seed trays and decide if I should plant now or wait till the spring finally arrives and buy small plants instead. Planting and nurturing seeds […]

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Climate Change inspires tropical orchards

20. February 2010

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Kent fruit farmers are re-thinking their future as a result of climate change. They believe that longer, warmer growing seasons will make growing traditional apples and pears less attractive and many are already diversifying into alternative fruits. Mr Jessel, who owns a 300-acre Bockingfold fruit farm in Goudhurst, East Sussex still grows 90 acres of […]

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