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Category: Growing

Learning about biochar

Learning about biochar

As a gardener biochar is something I’ve heard about and wanted to experiment with for many years. What is it – why am I interested?

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Don’t waste those winter veggies

Don’t waste those winter veggies

At this time of year my garden doesn’t seem very productive and I can easily waste what little it has growing. That’s the worst kind of waste – growing something then not using it! The heads on the spouting broccoli…

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Growing microgreens on wool packaging

Growing microgreens on wool packaging

Microgreens are an easy way to grow salad leaves. They’re especially useful when salad plants aren’t growing well outside (both the middle of winter and summer can be tricky times) and for those who don’t have a vegetable garden. Microgreens…

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Growing multiplying onions

Growing multiplying onions

What are they? These onions have various names – walking, tree, Egyptian, top set, multiplying. They grow from bulbs rather than seeds and a single bulb will multiply and grow 5-10 bulbs through the year. They can be harvested by…

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Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium – eat the whole plant

Nasturtium has to be one of the hardiest flowers I have growing. It self seeds, it’s a good ground cover, the bees love the flowers and the whole plant is edible. To me that’s a perfect plant.

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Seed saving in the garden

Seed saving in the garden

The veggie garden looks dry and raggedy at this time of the year.  Well, apart from this week when we’ve had much needed rain.  So now it’s looking wet and raggedy.

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Boysenberry glut

Boysenberry glut

  My boysenberry Brulee plants have been in the ground since late 2014 and finally I’ve got some to eat.  Last year I only had a few tasty fruit, then I battled with caterpillars stripping the leaves so it wasn’t a great…

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Update on my rusty garlic

Update on my rusty garlic

In November I posted about rust on my garlic plants.  Since I grow enough garlic to last us the year the damage this rust was doing and the potential loss of the whole crop was causing me massive stress. I got some…

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Storing yams, yacon and kumara

Storing yams, yacon and kumara

At this time of year I’ve been busy getting tomato, chillies, sweetcorn etc going but it’s too early to report on their success or failure so I thought I’d look back over the year of some slightly different tuber vegetables.  I harvested my…

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