Worm castings (also called vermicompost) are in my opinion the very best soil amendment that you can use in your garden. I have bought worm casts for years and the results have always been impressive, especially for seed sowing. Worm castings can be incredibly expensive though. This brings me to today’s post. I intend to… »
There is no doubt that flowers are an essential part of any beautiful garden. Can you eat them too? The answer is YES. Summer salads can be transformed using just a few stunning edible flowers. A word of warning before we begin: you must be able to correctly identify the plants in your garden before… »
Every week I receive emails from people wanting to know the best vegetables to grow in containers. Here I share 3 vegetables that are best for growing in containers.
By far the easiest way to build soil structure and add nutrients is through growing green manure cover crops when the garden beds are bare. High in nitrogen green manure crops are ideal for growing before a hungry crop is to be planted in the same area later in the year. There are two types… »
Nothing tastes better than fresh young spinach leaves in a summer salad. In this article we will discuss how to grow spinach all summer long. Over the past few years spinach has had a real revival, not only is it now considered a “superfood” by many but the use in salads has highlighted how tasty… »
Why is no-dig better? From my small trials with no dig gardening I have found this method to be superior to traditional double digging. Weed seeds are not dug to the top of the soil to germinate every year. No back breaking digging is needed every year. The crops from dig vs no dig beds are essentially… »
If you are looking to try something new and different this year then there is nothing better to experiment with than tomatoes. Here are four strange, unusual and potentially weird varieties that we have enjoyed growing. Tomato “Black Cherry” – this is an old “black” variety that has a superb smoky taste. It’s an open… »
Christmas potatoes are a fantastic crop to grow, they give you a taste of Spring at a time when nothing else is growing out in the garden. You can grow your own potatoes for Christmas even if you don’t have a big garden, even if you don’t want to spend a lot of time and… »
Winter is well and truly here. Heating is essential to protecting tender plants from the cold. Today we are reviewing the Hotbox Sirocco, the heater we are using to keep our Victorian style greenhouse heated over the cold months.