Spinach is a really wonderful vegetable that has a variety of uses; young leaves are ideal for summer salads with the larger autumn and winter leaves being perfect for boiling or omlets. When it comes to growing your own spinach there a few things that you need to watch out for but with some careful planning it is possible to get a crop of spinach almost all year round. Bolting is a very common problem with spinach but in this article you’ll learn how to prevent this happening in even the hottest weather.
Growing your own garlic is is a good place to start if you are new to vegetable gardening. Home grown garlic is very easy to grow as well as having some amazing health benefits. Along with being easy to grow garlic also takes up very little space and is rarely affected by any pests or disease. In this article you’ll discover how to plant garlic, planting times and distances as well as how to tell exactly when your garlic is ready for harvesting.
Over the past few years I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about soil blocks, they have become very popular with market gardeners and were recently featured by Monty Don on BBC Gardeners World. Over the past few weeks I have been trying one out for myself to see if they are really as good as people claim. So what is a soil block? Essentially soil blocks are a replacement for plastic pots, roottrainers and peat pots.
Cucumbers are by far the most difficult vegetable to grow in our climate. Vegetable gardening is all about the challenge and getting a good crop of cucumbers really does show how good of a gardener you are. This might make you wonder why grow cucumbers in the vegetable garden at all? Well the taste, texture and crunch of fresh cucumbers is like nothing you can ever buy in the supermarket.
For many old gardeners brussels sprouts are considered to be an essential winter crop in the garden. Unlike the old sprout varieties the modern F1 hybrids are sweeter and more tender than ever making them idea for new vegetable gardeners to grow. Brussels sprouts are tough plants that are fairly easy to grow if you give them good soil, protect them from caterpillars and give them a good start early in the year.
French beans are delicious tasting and very easy to grow no matter whether you have a large allotment or tiny garden. French beans are far easier to grow and provide support for than runner beans and although they are slightly less productive the taste is generally better and the beans stringless. In this article you will learn step by step how to grow both climbing and dwarf french beans in your own vegetable garden.
Courgettes are one of the most productive crops that vegetable gardeners can grow, one plant can easily produce twenty or more courgettes in just one season. Even with just a few plants you’ll have courgettes coming out of your ears by August! Most families would really struggle to eat the harvests from two courgette plants. You’ll learn step by step how to grow courgettes in your vegetable garden and get incredible crops.
Cauliflowers are a wonderful crop to grow in the garden, contrary to popular belief they are actually quite easy to grow if cared for correctly. If you are worried about growing cauliflowers for the first time or have had problems in the past you can make a few changes that will help grow large cauliflower heads. In this article you’ll discover when you sow, plant and how to care for your own cauliflower plants for harvests through summer and into late autumn.
The incredible taste of freshly harvested sweetcorn is something that can never be replicated in the supermarket. Sweetcorn has a reputation for being very difficult to grow but this guide will teach you how to be successful growing your own sweetcorn from seed. From commercial hybrids, heritage varieties, coloured and mini sweetcorn there are a lot of different options available here. So which is best to grow? For anyone who is starting out for the first time the mini sweetcorn varieties are the perfect place to begin, they are quick growing, tasty and very easy to get a good crop from.
Broad beans are one of the earliest crops to be sown in the vegetable garden. You can plant broad bean seeds in many areas in October for harvests in early June when there still isn’t many staple crops ready to harvest. Growing broad beans for early harvests can be quite tricky but this article will guide you step by step from sowing, planting and growing your beans and how to essentially guarantee a successful crop.