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  1. How to grow French Beans

    How to grow French Beans
      Plants don’t get much more productive than French beans. The beans hang so heavy on the plants you’d think the stems would collapse, giving you a plentiful harvest from minimal space in your raised vegetable beds. They are also very attractive, offering various flower and bean colours, so you could even incorporate them into your ornamental beds. Bees love the...
  2. Grow your own Strawberries this summer!

    Grow your own Strawberries this summer!
      Most people who grow their own food will tell you that it is that strawberries – or sometimes tomatoes – are the ‘epiphany’ plants. Once you’ve tasted a home-grown fruit, plucked from the plant at perfect ripeness, warmed by the sun so its natural sugars are at their peak….there is no going back. And if that were not...
  3. An Introduction to planting Seeds

    An Introduction to planting Seeds
      A seed in an embryonic plant waiting to get out. It's the pleasurable task of the gardener to turn the seed from dormancy into a living thing by providing warmth, light, air and moisture. Seeds even have their own food supply to start them off, at least until they can put down roots and draw food and water...
  4. How to turn your Raised Beds into Hot Beds

    How to turn your Raised Beds into Hot Beds
    Our friend Mark Abbott-Compton over at www.learn-how-to-garden.com has put together this great tutorial on how to build your very own Hot Bed using a WoodBlocX Raised Bed. It's a technique that the Victorians popularised throughout the UK many years ago, but is just as effective today! Used since Roman times with a cold frame on top, Hot Beds were once quite...
  5. Salads for all seasons from your raised beds

    Salads for all seasons from your raised beds
      Salad leaves are one of the crops that really do benefit from being home grown. No longer do you need to put up with supermarket salad bags that always seem to have a few soggy, smelly leaves in the bottom, you can pick fresh salad get it almost instantly onto the plate as and when you need it...
  6. Top Tips for Gardening with Children at School

    Top Tips for Gardening with Children at School
      If you’ve ever despaired at your children’s lack of interest in eating fruit and vegetables, why not try growing some with them? Following the whole process from sowing the seed to harvesting the crop, and then cooking it together, can really make children invest in their labours – they’ll want to taste what they’ve spent all that time...
  7. Wildlife gardens: getting close to the action

    Wildlife gardens: getting close to the action
    We all know that our country’s wildlife is getting increasingly put-upon by growing urbanisation and commercial agriculture. So what can we do to help? Well, there are a number of very simple and easy steps to take that will not only lend a hand to the wildlife, but also bring some excitement to our gardens as well. Bees are...
  8. Right Plant Right Place: what does it mean?

    You may have heard gardeners talking about the ‘right plant right place’ principle, but what does it actually mean? In essence, it refers to working with Mother Nature rather than against her. By looking to a plant’s origins – where in the world it is from, the kind of environment it has evolved to grow in – we can ensure...
  9. Watering: get the basics right

    Watering: get the basics right
    Watering is gardening’s most basic task, in every sense of the word. It’s always needed at some point, no matter what the garden. Watering is really a very simple task, however so often it is under-watering or over-watering that can cause our plants to suffer and even die. All plants need water, even the drought tolerant ones, but the volume...
  10. Organic growing – the whys and wherefores

    Organic growing – the whys and wherefores
    Growing in your own garden means you have total control over what goes into your plants, and many gardeners are opting to have an organic garden, at least for their edible plants. Organic gardening means to grow without the use of chemicals but can be interpreted in different ways depending on how strict you want to be. The first consideration...

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