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2019 is this your year for growing your own food?

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2019 is this your year for growing your own food?

2019 is this your year for growing your own food? Brexit, veganism and mindfulness. Just three examples of reasons to grow your own food that I’ve read about so far this year. There’s actually a better reason, so if you need a reason to give it a go and make 2019 the year that you try growing your own food, then let it be that it is immensely enjoyable! There is nothing nicer than switching off from the world by going into your own garden or allotment at the end of a working day and immersing yourself in the simple...

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Our Autumn Reflections

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Our Autumn Reflections

We're patting ourselves on the back a little and saying what a great year 2018 has been, growing our own vegetables, herbs and chillies. It’s likely it is not entirely down to our expertise and hard work though and just maybe, the weather may have had a lot to do with it! But, gardening is all about dealing with the conditions you have and adapting to them and we've all had to do that this year. Watering has been a major activity for obvious reasons and we have had to limit our time away from the garden to ensure everything...

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Fruits of our labour

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Fruits of our labour

June has arrived already and after a very dry May we are already watering everything in our West Yorkshire garden and have watched some amazing growth spurts during the last 6 weeks or so. Our courgettes are all planted out, tomatoes and chillies potted on into final growing positions and beans already arching up their canes. Our new seed varieties Aubergine and Sweet Peppers all look good in the greenhouse, along with our Burpless Cucumber and our new Crystal Ice Cucumber plant (kindly given to us by the green fingered folk at Let’s Grow Preston). Peas are flourishing, we’ve eaten...

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Spring is here!

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Spring is here!

Spring is here at last! Over the last few weeks, we’ve had cloche poly tunnels across our raised beds, warming up the soil. We checked the soil last night and it felt warm to the touch, so today we’ve sown direct into the beds; Parsnips (both Gladiator and Tender and True), SwedeBeetroot Mixed and Beetroot Boltardy

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Anyone for Courgette Chocolate Cake?

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Anyone for Courgette Chocolate Cake?

As we head into holiday season the main challenge we have is ensuring that our greenhouse plants are kept well-watered when we go away. The offer of ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies and courgettes to family members in exchange for an hour long round trip for watering duties, has fortunately proved too tempting to resist! We will also set up a “Big Dripper” watering system which gives a slow and steady water flow for our tomatoes, which will hopefully prevent them from splitting.  Tomatoes split because of fluctuations in the amount of water they get. Watering after a dry spell can...

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