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February 2012

How much do you save from growing your own? By Jono Stevens of Real men sow

February 29, 2012 // 3 Comments

In this our second instalment of guest blogs, Jono Stevens founder and chief of the excellent one man blog Real Men Sow “a cheery allotment blog”, tells us just how much an allotment can save you in a year. Last year I decided to work out how much money I saved by growing my own veg. I weighed every individual harvest during 2011, from 4g of mint leaves to over 3kg of tomatoes. My [...]

Peat-Free Seed Sowing by Emma Cooper

February 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

In the first of our series of guest bloggers Emma Cooper writer, gardener and podcaster, talks about  peat free seed sowing. We have reached the time of year when kitchen gardeners everywhere start sowing seeds – the race seems to be on to see who can sow their tomatoes, peppers and aubergines first. Unless you’re growing for the show bench you can wait a few weeks to start for most [...]

Soil pH and vegetable growing – Dave Hamilton

February 5, 2012 // 2 Comments

pH describes how acid or alkali a soil is. Certain plants will thrive in a more alkali soil and others will do well in acid soil. Most vegetable plants like a soil which is neutral to acidic. The exception to this rule is plants in the cabbage family which prefer things to be slightly alkali. Alkali If you have ever been to the Dorset coast you may recall wild cabbage growing on the cliff tops, [...]