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Hydroponics: Methods of irrigation

There are various methods to suit differing needs. Surface watering consists of applying water and nutrients from above the aggregate by means of a watering can with a rose, and removing the drainage plugs a few hours later to drain … Continue reading

25. November 2013 by admin
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step-by-step growing guide to Pears

One of the most delectable tree fruits, the best pears are home grown. This is because, like tomatoes, pears grown commercially must be tough-skinned to travel well without bruising, and remain firm fleshed for a relatively long period of time. … Continue reading

05. November 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary October Week Four

THE VEGETABLE GARDEN This week I start lifting chicory for forcing. The thought of undertaking such an apparently advanced operation sometimes deters gardeners, but it is really quite easy. Prepare a barrel, deep box or other container by filling it … Continue reading

14. October 2013 by admin
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Hydroponics: Aggregate culture

There are many variations of this system of cultivation which consists in principle of growing plants in containers filled with an aggregate such as sand and gravel or some similar inert material and watered with nutrients in solution. Choice of … Continue reading

08. October 2013 by admin
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Gardening Diary November Week One

November 5th (Bonfire Night) is generally considered to be the ideal date for sowing broad beans for an early crop next summer. This is always a chancy exercise. Earlier, I mentioned that autumn-sown peas give a 50/50 chance of success; … Continue reading

04. October 2013 by admin
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Exhibition tips for homegrown carrots

The type of carrot you exhibit depends to a large extent on the show date. For early shows, in mid to late spring, select quick-maturing varieties. These do best when sown on a hot bed in a cold frame in … Continue reading

01. October 2013 by admin
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Harvesting and storing homegrown carrots

Once they have reached the desired size, short-rooted early varieties can be harvested from early summer, and harvesting can continue for several weeks. These carrots are at their best and most tender when still quite small, between 2.5 and 5 … Continue reading

10. September 2013 by admin
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Suitable site and soil for Growing Marrows and Courgettes

Marrows were formerly grown on rubbish heaps, before scientific composting became widely practiced. As they took up a lot of space, and needed plenty of humus, this seemed a neat solution. Nowadays, however, marrows are normally grown in open ground. … Continue reading

09. September 2013 by admin
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How to Grow Fragrant Rosemary

Rosemary is such a pretty evergreen shrub that it is worth a place in herb garden. Excellent with meat and poultry, it is one of the most popular cooking herbs. A member of the Labiaiae family, rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is … Continue reading

07. September 2013 by admin
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Step-by-step guide to growing Marrows and Courgettes

Best harvested before they reach their maximum size, marrows are among the easiest vegetables to grow. With minimal care and cultivation, you can have a very large crop in a relatively short time. Picked while young and tender, they make … Continue reading

05. September 2013 by admin
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