Archive for the 'General Gardening' Category

Jobs to be done in May

Yazan: admin | 08 May 2014 | No Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, Seasonal Garden, Uncategorized

Here’s another very old article I’ve decided to resurrect, some of the links go to the old website and may look a little dated now! The garden in May can be a busy time for the organic grower. A word of warning do think before you plant out those tender vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers; […]

Growing in Small Spaces part 1

Yazan: Dave | 11 March 2014 | 10 Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, Small space kitchen gardens

Growing in a small space tests even the greenest of fingers. Part of the problem could be the light or lack of it. Another problem with growing in a small space could be the lack of any available soil! I had this problem in a maisonette I once lived in and found the easiest way […]

Growing in Small Spaces 1 – Garden Shelves

Yazan: Dave | 01 October 2013 | No Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, Small space kitchen gardens

The easiest way to cram a lot of plants into a small space is to grow them in pots on weather-proof shelves.  Cheap(ish) plastic garden shelving can now be bought from major retailers. However, in my experience these are a false economy as they only have a limited life span – the plastic doesn’t seem […]

What did I do wrong in the vegetable garden!? Part 1

Yazan: Dave | 08 August 2013 | No Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Vegetables

So just what did I do wrong in the vegetable garden!? Some years, try as we might, doing everything by the book, things seem to conspire against us. At other times our plants either fail to germinate at all or have got off to a good start then all of a sudden they just wither […]

Elder Folklore and Growing

Yazan: admin | 27 June 2013 | 3 Comments
Categories: Food, General Gardening, Outdoors, The fruit garden, Wild food

Just as the end of summer is marked by elderberries, the start of summer is always marked by the blossoming of the Elder-tree (Sambucus nigra).  In this article we cover elder folklore and growing tips for this popular shrub. If you want to see some recipes of how to make such as elderflower champagne, elderflower […]


Yazan: Dave | 25 May 2013 | 2 Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, Seasonal Garden

Irrigation Regardless if you believe in climate change or not you cannot deny our weather is becoming more unpredictable.  In the past we could rely on steady spring showers watering all our newly planted seedlings. Nowadays the spring can be one of the driest months of the year and without vigilant watering newly planted crops […]

Encouraging pollinating insects into your vegetable garden by Mandy Allen

Yazan: Andy Hamilton | 03 May 2013 | 3 Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Growing herbs, Outdoors, The vegetable patch

Many thanks to our latest guest blogger Mandy Allen, aka Millymollymandy, one of the longest standing and most loyal selfsufficientish forum members. She lives the good life in over in Chateau Moorhen, France and is a prolific gardener, nature lover and blogger.  Pollinating insects such as bees, hoverflies and many other flying insects are absolutely essential to the reproduction […]

Growing in a small space 2 – Getting more from your crops – By Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 30 April 2013 | 2 Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, Small space kitchen gardens, Uncategorized

Growing in a small space means you not only have to decide carefully what you want to grow, you also need to make the most of it come harvest time.  There are very simple choices you can make such as growing cut and come again lettuces rather than ones which are cropped in a single […]

Understanding crop rotation – Dave Hamilton

Yazan: Dave | 21 April 2013 | 1 Comment
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, The soil, The vegetable patch

The different systems of crop rotation are as varied as the people who employ them. Some will have a four year plan and others will rotate every three years. Some will always start with potatoes and others will prefer to start with fertility building plants, such as edible legumes, usually peas and beans or green […]

Where to garden if you don’t have one, Part 2

Yazan: Dave | 13 February 2013 | No Comments
Categories: General Gardening, Outdoors, Small space kitchen gardens

In the first part of where to garden I covered garden share schemes and community gardens. These are the obvious first choices but they are by no means all there is to offer for the garden-less gardener. Gardening indoors Taken from grow your food for free You may well grow indoor house-plants, but perhaps seldom […]

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