Fruit & Vegetables

Jan 30
BY Angela Slater
micro-herbs growing
Grow easy, nutritious, tasty micro-herbs all year round Micro-herbs are so easy to grow, you don’t even need a garden, they’re packed full of nutrients, tasty and can be grown all year round; so absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t be growing them. They are an excellent way to introduce children to gardening as you can taste the results in just a few days. Micro-herbs are usually leafy greens... READ MORE
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Jan 17
BY Angela Slater
Multi-coloured potatoes
Choose the right potato variety with our easy to follow guide There are absolutely masses of potato varieties and not all of them are suitable for all the different types of cooking so it pays to do a bit of research first before you get planting; it’s no good buying small salad potatoes if you mainly eat them baked. First Earlies, or New Potatoes don’t generally give as big a crop as maincrop... READ MORE
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Jan 17
BY Angela Slater
potatoes to be planted
Increase your crop of Early potatoes by 'chitting' ‘Chitting’ means letting the potatoes put out shoots before you plant them in the ground. It is usually only done to First and Second Earlies and reduces the time spent in the ground so you achieve a crop earlier than you would if you just allowed them to shoot in the ground, weather permitting. There is some dissention as to whether chitting... READ MORE
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Nov 17
BY Angela Slater
Redcurrants
Blackcurrants are easy to grow, versatile and full of vitamin C Blackcurrants (Ribes nigrum) are native in northern Asia and central and northern Europe whereas redcurrants (Ribes rubrum) are common over large areas of Europe. Whitecurrants are not a separate species, they are an albino form of redcurrants, but they are generally smaller and sweeter than the red. Currants have a wide variety of... READ MORE
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Nov 15
BY Angela Slater
Red gooseberries
Gooseberries are delicious, easy to grow and full of vitamin C Gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa) are one of the easiest fruits to grow requiring very little maintenance, the major problem is gooseberry sawfly and often the only indication that you have the little critters is that your bush will be stripped bare overnight. Gooseberries are a good source of vitamin C and also contain traces of many... READ MORE
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May 23
BY Angela Slater
Rhubarb leaves and stalks
Make space in your garden for a crown of healthy, versatile rhubarb Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for thousands of years, but only became popular as a foodstuff in the last 300 years as sugar became more affordable. In the wild it grows in Tibet and the western and north-western provinces of China, so it is quite used to harsher growing conditions than... READ MORE
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May 05
BY Angela Slater
Various coloured tomatoes
Grow your own sweet, tasty versatile tomatoes The Year of the Tomato was the brainchild of Fleuroselect, an organisation which assesses new varieties of seed for their suitability to be grown in the European climate. If you have never tasted home grown tomatoes you have missed a gastronomic treat, they are massively more flavoursome than those you buy in the supermarket. Commercial tomatoes are... READ MORE
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Feb 12
BY Angela Slater
Fresh dug potatoes
First of the seasons new potatoes are easily grown with our planting guide Nothing you buy in the supermarket can compare to the taste of your own home grown potatoes; especially the first new potatoes of the season. There are 3 classes of potatoes: 1st Earlies, 2nd Earlies and Maincrop. READ MORE
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Jan 27
BY Angela Slater
Asparagus growing with runner beans at Levens Hall, Cumbria
Asparagus growing with runner beans at Levens Hall, Cumbria READ MORE
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Nov 19
BY Angela Slater
Honey in jars
Banish the winter sniffles and beat the cold with these natural mixtures Winter colds and sore throats are the bane of most of our lives and most of them can be eased with a natural home-made concoction. Many of the ingredients can be grown quite easily in your own garden. There are many natural antidotes to coughs and colds but there is some debate in the medical profession as to their... READ MORE
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