Vegetable growing

Become a vegetable “expert”

November 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

Sowing vegetable seeds, how difficult can it be? It’s easy, it must be, all you have to do is follow the instructions on the packet,don’t you? Well, yes and no, depending on where you live, it’s a different sort of “post code lottery”. When I gardened in the south east of England I had few problems with following the instructions on the seed packets, to the letter almost. Only now and [...]

Hydroponics Explained

September 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

At first glance hydroponics is wrong, plain wrong, how can you grow anything other than water lilies in water. After all, read any gardening book about container growing and they will tell you that overwatering plants is a death knell for them, that a water logged pot plant will keel over in a very short time. Yet hydroponically grown plants spend their whole life in constant contact with water, [...]

No-Dig Gardening by Dave Hamilton

May 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

The following article first appeared in ‘Grow your own’ magazine back in February as part of my ‘Theory Behind…’ series. In traditional gardening and farming, land is weeded and/or cleared of crops before a soil improver such as compost and/or manure is dug or ploughed into the soil to improve the soil structure, aerate the soil and add nutrition. With ‘no-dig’ [...]

Onions Allium cepa By Dave Hamilton

July 6, 2008 // 0 Comments

History The onion (or allium) family is a large and diverse one containing over 500 species. With such a large range of species the origins of the modern (or globe) onion are a bit blurred. It has not one but five possible wild plants it could have evolved from, all of which grow in the central Asian region. It is thought that bulbs from the onion family have been utilised as a food source for [...]