The Easiest Pumpkin Soup Recipe Ever

the easiest pumpkin soup recipe ever

pumpkin soup with yogurt added

Ever grown a few pumpkins but don’t have a lot of time to prepare them?……… Or maybe you just don’t have a lot of time to cook a healthy filling meal. Well this is the easiest recipe ever…………. ………….This not only works for pumpkins but also for Butter nuts and most other winter squashes. So you have a pumpkin and 20 minutes to spare well here’s the easiest pumpkin soup recipe ever. Ingredients 1 Pumpkin (peeled and diced) 1 Onion  (peeled and finely chopped) 2 Potatoes (peeled and diced) 1 Chilli (chopped) 1 Carrot (peeled and chopped) 1 Stick of… → Read More

How To Freeze Runner Beans

how to freeze runner beans

runner beans

So after just coming home from the allotment with 15 lb of runner beans I decided it’s time to fill the freezer. There are, after all only so many runner beans you can eat, so here’s how to freeze runner beans in easy steps. How To Freeze Runner Beans The beans are picked and washed. That’s the only real difference on freezing runner beans to freezing broad beans, as broad beans have to be podded. Step One Step one is in two parts, firstly fill a large pan with water and bring to the boil. Whilst the water is boiling… → Read More

Old Fashion Garden Sayings

old fashion gardening sayings

Red sky at night

There are a lot of old fashion garden sayings handed down through the years from our grandparents. Many times we dismiss them as sweet old ramblings. Once you look closely at them, you can see a lot of truth and it can be very helpful to remember these sayings and garden accordingly. So I have selected the ones I have heard most and I will share them with you in this post. Old Fashion Garden Sayings This first lot are mostly weather forecasts, I suppose using plants and nature as sign posts. “Red sky at night shepherds delight, red sky… → Read More

How To Grow Leeks

How To Grow Leeks

Leeks are one of my favourite winter vegetables, with their subtle onion overtones but they are usually expensive in the shops so let’s have a look at how to grow leeks. How To Grow Leeks The first step in growing leeks is to select the variety you wish to grow. It is possible to buy leek plants to plant out in spring but I think it is much more fun to start off your own seeds and then transplant them to the plot when they are big enough. Another good reason to start them off yourself is the amount of… → Read More

How to help plants to grow organically

How to help plants grow organically

As you know if you follow my posts, I like to grow my food organically. That doesn’t mean I don’t use fertilizer, I do but obviously I use organic fertilizer. So with that in mind I thought I would share with you the various feeds etc… I use on my plot. So how to help plants grow organically. How to help plants grow organically All plants need feeding at some point during their growing cycle. I usually feed mine when either they are in flower or, in the case of brassicas, when they look slightly off colour. The only vegetables… → Read More

How to pollinate vegetables

how to pollinate vegitables

Pollinating my cucumber plant in my greenhouse

I have been asked the question how to pollinate vegetables quite a lot lately so here’s a post to try to explain the ways I’ve had success with pollination and to show the best techniques as I see them. The Best Way To Pollinate Vegetables The best way to pollinate vegetables is of course, the natural way. What is the natural way? Well by allowing Bees and Butterflies to gain access to your vegetables and letting them do what they do. Which is to gather nectar and in the process as they fly from flower to flower they spread pollen… → Read More

Dealing With Perennial Weeds

Dealing with perennial weeds

Bindweed

If you are a regular visitor to growing-guides.co.uk you will know that I grow organically as much as I am able, but I have been having problems dealing with perennial weeds. So this post is in a way an admission of defeat as any thing else. Dealing With Perennial Weeds Most annual weeds can be dug or pulled up and as long as they are not in flower they can be added to the compost bin. Thier roots are usually shallow and they spread by seed distribution so as long as you remove them early enough they don’t become too… → Read More

How To Freeze Broad Beans

how to grow broad beans

Just got back from the allotment with two full buckets of Broad Beans. Obviously I won’t use that many Broad Beans at once so I need to store them, so I thought I’d share with you how to freeze Broad Beans. How To Freeze Broad Beans There are many different schools of thought and techniques for keeping Broad beans,from drying them bottling them but for me the most convenient way is to freeze them. This leads us to our first choice, whether to blanche them or not. Blanching is the term used to describe the process of par-boiling the Beans… → Read More

Poached Egg Plant Companion Planting

Poached Egg Plant Companion Planting

Companion Planting with Poached Egg Plants

There has been a trend recently of people wanting to fight insect infestations by organic/natural methods with the emphasis on companion planting and using Poached Egg Plants in particular. The problem with that as far as I can see is that there doesn’t seem to be much relevant information out there so I thought it was about time to dedicate a post on the subject. What Is A Poached Egg Plant The Poached Egg Plant (Latin name Limnanthes Douglasii) is an annual plant with open flowers that are white around the outside with a yellow middle that resembles a poached… → Read More

How To Grow Carrots

How To Grow Carrots

It’s not very hard to learn how to grow carrots – simply put: Place carrot seed in growing medium and let nature do it’s thing. But for those wanting a more in depth guide to help you to grow carrots more successfully, here is a comprehensive article dedicated to growing carrots. How To Grow Carrots From Seed First you need to check the temperature of your soil, carrots need at least six degrees centigrade to germinate. You need to make sure your soil has not had any fertiliser/manure in it within the last 6 months as this will deform the crop. You also need to ensure the… → Read More