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Grow Your Own Tips for August

Grow Your Own Tips for August

If you Grow Your Own then make sure you water consistently as Irregular watering can lead to problems with blossom end rot in tomatoes, splitting of root vegetables and flower dropping in runner beans.  Weeds can also compete with vegetables for water so make sure you remove them regularly by hoeing.  You can still sow [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for July

Grow Your Own Tips for July

If you Grow Your Own then ensure that all vegetables get a regular supply of water, beans in particular to help the seed pods set.  Climbing beans may need topping off to ensure good cropping on side shoots and check that other climbing veg is tied securely to supports.  Protect heavily-laden fruit tree and bush [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for June

Grow Your Own Tips for June

If you Grow Your Own Feeding, watering and supporting your fruit and veg is vital in June. Runner beans need well-prepared ground and suitable supports, like bamboo canes, to grow up.   Start treating potatoes and tomatoes for blight and keep an eye on slugs and snails.  Celeriac and celery can be planted out and in [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for May

Grow Your Own Tips for May

If you Grow Your Own, and once all risk of frost has passed this month, plant out tomatoes, courgettes and pumpkins that were previously sown under cover and other young plants can be planted out once conditions are suitable.  Sow French beans, runner beans, squash, cucumbers and pumpkin seeds directly into prepared beds outside along [...]

Grow Your Own Tips for April

Grow Your Own Tips for April

For Grow Your Own gardeners vegetable growing really kicks off this month.  Chit and plant out second early potatoes in the first half of the month, main crop potatoes in the second half. It’s also time to sow seed outdoors such as beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring [...]

Grow Your Own tips for March

Grow Your Own tips for March

If you Grow Your Own then now is the time to plant your bare-root fruit trees, containers and cold-stored strawberry runners. It’s a key month for strawberries – planting and sowing seeds of alpine varieties.  You can also start to sow seeds such as broad beans, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, onions, peas, spinach, salad leaves and [...]

Grow Your Own tips for February

Grow Your Own tips for February

Any Grow Your Own gardener should be thinking about the sowing season to come and soil preparation.  As long as the ground isn’t frozen, the key job for this month is to mark out and prepare seedbeds and then cover them with clear polythene, cloches or fleece to warm up the soil before sowing seeds [...]

Grow Your Own tips for January

Grow Your Own tips for January

For Grow Your Own fans don’t forget that now is a great time to prune apples, pears, autumn raspberries, currants and gooseberries and plant new fruit bushes (if the ground isn’t frozen).  Sowing seed indoors for early crops such as cabbage, cauliflower, lettuce, salad onions and spinach and salad onions can also go ahead.  You [...]

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Sarcococca

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Sarcococca

A fragrant plant for the garden at this time of year is the evergreen shrub Sarcococca, commonly known as ‘sweet box’ or ‘Christmas box’ with its delicate white flowers that bloom over winter and early Spring.  Former Chanel model and founder of the Edible Bus Stop Mak Gilchrist is a real fan “This plant has [...]

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Trees

Celebrity Gardener Favourites – Trees

November is a good time to plant trees before the ground gets too hard or frozen.  An avid  tree fan is The One Show’s Gardening expert, Christine Walkden.“Trees to me add movement and grace to any garden situation, raising the eye into the third dimension, with stunning foliage, lovely flowers, great fruit and the ability [...]

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