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Companion Planting Carrots

companion planting carrots

Nothing beats the taste of a freshly pulled carrot, and nothing is more disappointing than pulling a carrot only to find it is riddled with the tracks of the carrot fly. So to help combat this threat I bring you companion planting carrots. Companion Planting Carrots Carrots come in many different shapes and colours. The one constant however is the aroma. They all smell the same and as such they all need disguising. That’s where the companion planting comes in. For more information on growing carrots click the link. Carrot Fly Know Your Enemy The carrot fly lays its eggs… → Read More

Companion Planting Beans

companion planting beans

All beans whether Runner Beans, Dwarf Beans, French Beans or any other kind of bean or pea you care to mention are of the family known as Legumes. Beans are one of the easiest plants to grow as long as you get the basics right. Information on growing beans can be found here so on with Companion Planting Beans. Companion Planting Beans There has been a lot written about the benefits of using beans as companion plants and some of it is misleading. Yes all Legumes fix Nitrogen in the soil which many other plants find beneficial, however this is… → Read More

Companion Planting Asparagus

companion planting asparagus

Asparagus is usually quite expensive in the shops so it makes sense to grow some if you have the space. It is an easy vegetable to grow if you get the basics right and it will crop for many years. So on with companion planting asparagus. Growing Asparagus Asparagus is a perrenial vegetable, traditionally grown in it’s own bed. The bed is then kept weed free all year creating a good deal of wasted space. Of course on most plots this is just not an option, and if you are going to grow something with it , it should be… → Read More

Companion Planting Apricots

companion planting apricots

Not necessarily something you’d expect to grow in the colder climes of the United Kingdom, but apricots can and are growing in Essex at least. As with most plants, conditions can be improved by companion planting. So in this post companion planting apricots I’ll expand on what will help get the best from your apricot. Companion Planting Apricots In the United Kingdom Apricots do best in South facing gardens. As apricots are self fertile there is no problem growing single trees. Sheltering Trees From Cold Shelter apricot trees with hedging or a wicker fence to protect from winds. If severe… → Read More

Companion Planting Apple Trees

compainon planting apple trees

In this country there are many orchards and therefore many apple trees all producing lovely, tasty, healthy apples. Still nothing is more pleasing than to pick an apple straight from the tree and bite into that fresh, sweet tasting goodness. So in this the first post of the series, Companion Planting Apple Trees I will share some of the vegetables and herbs that will increase yield, improve flavour, or help keep your trees healthy. Companion Planting Apple Trees Apple trees need other apple trees to pollinate. Different varieties flower at different times, so ensure that all trees planted in a… → Read More

Don’t Waste Good Food

don't waste good food

We live in a throw away society now days, everything from cars to kitchen appliances are made to be replaced not repaired anymore. Well one place where we can all be greener and more frugal is with our vegetables. My advice is don’t waste good food. Don’t Waste Good Food There are plenty of people who don’t realise just how much food they are wasting. We learn certain processes throughout the course of our lives, and most never question them. Well I’m going to challenge your beliefs and hopefully get you to try some different approaches to using vegetables. Use… → Read More

How To Make Simple, Tasty Vegan Pasties

how to make simple tasty vegan pasties

This very simple vegan recipe is so tasty, takes hardly anytime to prepare, and will satisfy the hungriest of appetites. I have served these to meat eaters who didn’t realise they were eating a Vegan meal. So here’s how to make simple, tasty vegan pasties. How To Make Simple, Tasty Vegan Pasties The first step is to make or buy some short crust pastry. This is another simple task and the easiest recipe can be found here. Once you have your pastry, turn your oven to gas mark 4 (350 F or 180C) Then you can start to prepare your… → Read More

Late December Update

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As the year draws to a close and most peoples thoughts turn to christmas I thought I’d give you a Late December Update on how my allotment is doing. Late December Update I went to my allotment for the first time in about a fortnight  to bring home the christmas dinner vegetables. The first thing I ever do on arriving at the plot is have a good look round and see what’s going on. Sprouts I grew Bedfordshire fillbasket this year and they’ve certainly lived up to their name, I filled a 500gram pot with just the sprouts from one… → Read More

How To Grow Onions From Onion Sets

How To Grow Onions From Onion Sets

Follow my blog with Bloglovin The benefits of growing onions are many, for me the main advantage is the fact that they are organic. I also like to grow onions over winter and the only successful way to do this is with sets. So here we go, how to grow onions from onion sets. What Are Onion Sets? Onion sets are small onions that have been started as seeds in a commercial nursery and sold on at the size of a bulb. The advantage of using  sets over seeds are: They are big enough to plant at the right distance… → Read More

Know your onions

There are two ways to grow onions, from seeds or from sets. I have grown them both ways and in my opinion you get bigger onions from sets, however you get a bigger choice of variety from seed. Growing onions from seed means starting them off in a warm environment either an unheated greenhouse or a warm window sill. Then in spring once the seedlings are roughly as thick as a pencil they can be planted outside in rows about four inches apart in well draining soil and water them in dry spells. Onion sets are easier, an onion set is… → Read More