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Growing Pumpkins: Hallowe’en favourite

Traditional symbols of the harvest season, pumpkins make a colourful and delicious alternative to the vegetable marrow. Pumpkins are members of the Cucurbitaceae family, close relatives of marrows and cultivated in much the same way. There are two sorts of … Continue reading

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Gardener’s Tips: Saving Seeds to Save Money

Onions and leeks Onions such as the downy-mildew and white-rot resisting variety Up-to-Date which dates from the 1890s, which are now swept from the seed catalogues by the aforementioned Act, deserve the care in seed -saving that will keep them … Continue reading

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Gardening Tips: Saving Seed

There are three reasons why it is an excellent idea for home growers to save their own seed. The first is cost, for the prices of vegetable seeds have risen steadily over the past few years and are continuing to … Continue reading

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How to Grow Seakale

Propagation As seakale is perennial and is grown on a permanent bed, once you have got a bed as large as you require, there is no need to raise more plants unless you wish to establish a new bed. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

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Harvesting and Aftercare of Seakale

The blanched shoots are ready for harvesting when they are 18-23 cm (7-9”) long. Scrape the soil away from around the crown and then cut the shoots cleanly with a sharp knife, so that about 1-3 cm (¼-1”) of woody … Continue reading

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Blanching Seakale

Unblanched seakale is bitter and virtually inedible; blanching is essential to produce tender palatable shoots. There are two ways in which blanched shoots can be produced. They can either be blanched ; in situ outdoors, or forced indoors. With either … Continue reading

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Step-by-step Guide to Growing Seakale

Crambe maritima (fam. Cruciferae) Hardy perennial. Sowing to harvesting time: 2 years if sown from seed. Planting to harvesting time: 10-12 months if grown from root crowns Size: plants grow to about 45 cm (1-½’); blanched shoots cut when they … Continue reading

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Gardening Diary FEBRUARY: week 4

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN Now is a good time to make a mild hotbed. You may be lucky enough to have access to a supply of strawy horse-manure; otherwise, you will have to compost some straw with an activator. To … Continue reading

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Growing Ideas for Tomatoes

A sub-tropical tomato Although sometimes called ‘tree tomato’, the tamarillo is a delicious sweet-sour fruit, which can be eaten raw or used in pies and preserves. The tamarillo tomato (Cyphomandra betacea) is an attractive, sub-tropical shrub or small tree which … Continue reading

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Pruning Tips

Pruning to control disease Appropriate pruning can also be a positive means of controlling disease. With canker, for instance, you may be able to cut out affected branches entirely or pare off diseased tissue until clean wood is reached; then … Continue reading

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