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Well, thank goodness for greenhouses. I've practically been living in mine this month. It's been far too chilly to even think about sowing outside, and besides, I don't do frozen fingers.Under glass, though, it's all lovely and cosy, and I potter
this as an excuse to loaf around watching old films, but then nothing gets done.So, instead I will spend the afternoon in my mother-in-law’s greenhouse as my wife’s loyal assistant. The vegetable garden is her bailiwick, and I am there to move things and do what I
Growing tomatoes with ring-culture pots involves surrounding the crop with a bottomless ring and adding layers of compost at 10-14 day intervals. This encourages the tomato to root from the stem so it can take up more water and nutrients than it would get from the growing bag alo...
snap when bent. Hold the stem as you remove each pod to reduce the risk of damage to the plant.AdamHarden off peas before planting out. Whether raised in a greenhouse or bought as plants, this will reduce the risk of a sudden check in their growth
Cut flowers really brighten up a home, and growing your own can save you a fortune on floristry bills. There are plenty of varieties suitable for cutting, including ‘everlasting’ flowers, which can be cut and dried to use in arrangements all year round. Also, many attract bees, b...
sowing.There are seed trays already stacking up in the greenhouse, and the propagator is working overtime. Luckily, there are lots of seeds that positively relish an early start. Perennials, for one: I sowed the Seed Club High-Value Perennials collection
greenhouse and a cold frame, I’ll make early sowings and be virtually self-sufficient (at least in summer). I’ll be incredibly organised - as soon as I harvest one crop, another will be ready to plant in its place.I’ll sow several varieties of tomato - some
. Plant one per 7-8cm pot.Fill the pot with compost, leaving the shoot just above the surface. Water, then place in a cool greenhouse. Keep watering and plant out once the roots fill the pot.Plant in March for fragrant flowers in summer.
Making your own pots from paper will save you money, and reduce the amount of plastic you use in your garden and greenhouse. Newspaper pots are completely biodegradable, so when plants are growing strongly and ready to go outside, the whole pot can
of polythene can be used to warm the soil before planting outside, and then left in place to provide protection and encourage development. Alternatively, individual garlic cloves can be planted in small pots or modular trays and kept in the greenhouse or a cold