Since 2010 we have been growing our own runner beans using a new and improved growing method. We originally saw this on the Allotment Garden forum and ever since we have been using this growing method as the results speak for themselves. In this article you will learn how to grow runner beans as well as how to construct your own runner bean frame… The New & Improved Runner Bean Growing Method
In just 12 weeks you could be harvesting your very first crop of potatoes… even if you don’t have a huge garden. Growing potatoes in pots and containers is easy, rewarding and will save you money. While potatoes will grow easily in pots there are a few things you can do to significantly increase your harvest. This guide will show you how to get started growing potatoes step by step.
By far the easiest way to build soil structure and add nutrients is through growing green manure cover crops when the garden beds are bare. High in nitrogen green manure crops are ideal for growing before a hungry crop is to be planted in the same area later in the year. There are two types of green manure seeds to grow, Spring and Autumn sown. Spring sown varieties add a significant amount of bulk to build the soil structure.
This year I have got a HUGE selection of seeds from Marshalls Seeds. I really do like Marshalls seeds as they have a really good selection of different modern and traditional vegetable seed varieties, including almost all of my favourites! Along with the seeds I have saved myself, got from seed exchanges and the rare varieties I buy these will be the main crops I am growing this year. I wanted to share with you the varieties I got and the reasons I specifically chose them.
Growing tomatoes in hanging baskets is very easy to do. By growing bush tomatoes in a hanging basket you can have a plant that is not only incredibly productive but also attractive. Unlike growing tall tomatoes, bush varieties take almost no work, t’s really as simple as watering daily in the summer and picking the tomatoes as they are ripe. This article will teach you step by step from growing to harvesting your own tomatoes in hanging baskets.
This is one of my favourite ever YouTube videos featuring Mick Poultney teaching step by step how he produces incredible compost in just one month. The method is fairly simple but seems to be incredibly effective! This is a must watch for every gardener in my mind.
Why is no-dig better? From my small trials with no dig gardening I have found this method to be superior to traditional double digging. Weed seeds are not dug to the top of the soil to germinate every year. No back breaking digging is needed every year. The crops from dig vs no dig beds are essentially the same. Beyond that, not disturbing the soil keeps a good structure, allows beneficial biology to live and is just less work.
The benefits of mulching the garden, especially bare ground over winter is something that is widely accepted as being incredibly valuable. Not only does a mulch protect the soil microbiology but it helps the soil structure, prevents leaching of nutrients and stops weeds. Over the years I have tried quite a few different products. Woodchips are cheap and widely available but seem to attract slugs in our climate. Straw doesn’t break down fast enough in the winter so isn’t ideal.
If you are looking to try something new and different this year then there is nothing better to experiment with than tomatoes. Here are four strange, unusual and potentially weird varieties that we have enjoyed growing. Tomato “Black Cherry” – this is an old “black” variety that has a superb smoky taste. It’s an open pollinated variety which means you can save your own seeds. This is currently my favourite variety although many seed suppliers have begun replacing this with “Black Opal”.
There is no doubt that flowers are an essential part of any beautiful garden. Can you eat them too? The answer is YES. Summer salads can be transformed using just a few stunning edible flowers. A word of warning before we begin: you must be able to correctly identify the plants in your garden before eating any flowers. Many plants and flowers not listed here are poisonous and shouldn’t be consumed.