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Using leaves to make free compost

At this time of year there is an abundance of leaves falling from trees that make for excellent leaf mould compost. You can create your own for use on the garden as either a mulch or for bulking up raised beds. Every year you can find me in front of …

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Planting Spring Bulbs

October, November and even December in a mild year is the time to plant Spring flower bulbs. Plant when you are sure no frosts are forecast for the proceeding few days. Daffodils, tulips, crocus, grape hyacinths and snowdrops, to name a few, will give a flash of colour in Spring. …

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Building the shed

I managed to build the shed during the evening on Monday 3 September 2018. It measured 6×4 and I used wooden from the previous shed which I took down two months earlier because it was bigger than the rules allowed. Concrete isn’t allowed on this site so the base would …

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How to Grow Broad Beans

If you’d like to get an early crop of Broad Beans, try the variety Aquadulce Claudia which is sown in the Autumn and harvested late Spring/Summer. Sow October, November, December, January Harvest May, June, July, August This very hardy variety produces very long, glossy pods and is unsurpassed for Autumn …

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How to Grow Spinach

Sow April, May, June, August, September Harvest January, February, March, July, August, September, October, November, December SOW OUTDOORS April and June and August/September, thinly 1/2in (1cm) deep in rows 12in (30cm) apart, direct in harvest position. Keep soil moist at all times. GROW ON If necessary thin seedlings to 6in …

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How to Grow Cucumber

Sow April, May Harvest July, August, September SOW INDOORS – April to May 1/2in (1cm) deep individually in modules or 3in (8cm) pots of firm pre-watered compost. Keep soil moist at all times. Place in warmth 20-25*c (70-75*f). As seedlings develop grow on under cool, light conditions but not in …

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How to Grow Sweetcorn

Sow APRIL – MAY – JUNE Harvest AUGUST – SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER SOW INDOORS from April to May, 1in (2.5cm) deep in clean pots or module trays of firm pre-watered compost. Place in warmth of 18-21*c (65-70*f). Keep soil moist at all times. SOW OUTDOORS in May, 1in (2.5cm) deep …

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Dismantle and store canes for next year

Now the runner beans/french beans have come to an end, it’s a good idea to dismantle the frame of bamboo canes and store them for use next year. Leaving canes out during winter will shorten their life by making them weaker and brittle. GIVE THEM A WASH You can wash …

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