Growing Onions from Sets

The easiest way to grow Onions is to start with “Sets” these are simply small immature onions.

Sets are produced  by sowing onion seed thickly normally in the Summer the plants are allowed to grow just until they start forming bulbs, these immature bulbs lifted and cured like regular onions.

A lot of onion sets are “heat treated ” this means they are subjected to higher temperatures which kills the flower embryo and so prevents the onions “bolting” or running to seed before forming the onion bulb.

Heat Preparation also extends the growth period which means that greater yields can be achieved.

 

This film shows how to plant sets into a growing bed

Sowing Tomatoes

Without a doubt  the vegetable I am asked the most questions about is the tomato what makes this interesting is in fact the tomato is technically a fruit.

The commonest question is

“why dont tomatoes I buy taste like they used to ?”

and the short answer is they are are most likely a variety whose breeding program was designed to meet numerous criteria but “taste” wasn’t high on that list

Growing your own is the best way to rediscover those tastes and the film below shows you how to start your seeds

The latest scientific  research even backs up the belief that home grown tomatoes taste better Continue reading

How to grow Broad Beans or Fava Beans

Broad Beans are one of the most useful crops we can grow, they fill a gap in the garden over winter when little else is growing and the beans germinate at lower temperatures than even grass starts to grow at in spring. This means that we can plant them as early as February and continue to start them off and plant them right up until May, this method gives us a continuance of cropping.

One of the other great things about growing broad beans is like all legumes they fix nitrogen into the soil and this allows us to increase the soil fertility for a follow-on crop which makes them perfect to sow in a bed before nitrogen hungry summer crops.

You can sow seeds directly into the soil, but my preferred method is to raise them in either root trainers or the centre of cardboard toilet rolls. Continue reading

How to grow BlueBerries

Blueberries have become deservedly popular they not only taste great  and are so much better when allowed to ripen on the bushes.They also make wonderful garden plants with dramatic Autumn colour.

Blueberries can be grow in the garden but they do require a PH of below 5.5 so if your garden grows great Camellias or Rhododendrons they will be fine.

I grow them in containers and as you can use  Ericaceous  compost this overcomes one of the commonest problems which alkaline soil and try to water them with rainwater which also helps.

They  have great health benefits as they are full of cancer-fighting antioxidants and recent studies in the USA  at Florida State University have shown blueberries can also have a really positive effect on reducing high blood pressure.

 

 

If you would like to plant Blueberries in the ground its exactly the same way as Gooseberries   This film show how

Question:Do you still think the vitapod is the best buy propogator

I get a lot of questions here at Learn How To Garden from subscribers and viewers. I had an interesting one recently from Brandon thats very timely .

Here’s Brandon’s question:

“I have a few questions about the Vitopod propagator. Do you still use it? How long have you had it? Have you noticed any changes in it over the time you’ve had it? Does it still work as well as the day you purchased it?

Do you have other suggestions for propagators that rival the Vitopod’s quality and execution or do you still recommend it as the best on the market?” Continue reading

Question: Can You Keep A Fig Tree Permanently In A Small Container?

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI get a lot of questions here at Learn How To Garden from subscribers and viewers. I had an interesting one recently from Chin. Here’s Chin’s question:
“I just watched your video about container-grown figs. Is it alright to keep a fig tree permanently in, say, an 18-inch container rather than repot it into ever larger ones every couple of years? Thank you.”

The answer is yes Continue reading

Resources: Garlic

elephant garlicThis is a resource post on the subject of growing garlic the films cover the methods I use and the how to construct a raised bed which will grow not only great garlic but is one of the best and most productive ways of growing vegetables in a garden or an allotment.

There is also a film about wild garlic which you can forage and a film covering elephant garlic both of which are relatives of the Garlic we grow

This first film covers how to grow garlic and shows you type of soil it prefers the spacing it needs and the varieties I have found grow well.

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How to grow Garlic

How to grow garlic

elephant garlicCan you imagine food without garlic? Whether Mediterranean, Indian, Chinese or Thai  as with so many other cuisines, garlic forms one of the major flavours  of our meals. But,yet for most of us the garlic that we eat is a pale imitation of what we can quite easily grow.

 

Where does garlic grow

Contrary to popular belief, probably because it’s such a staple of Mediterranean cuisine, Continue reading

Resources: Hotbeds

This is a resource post on the subject of hotbeds,it how to construct then and how we can use then to grow salads and vegetables earlier in the season as the hot bed temperature will be in excess of 8C (the ground temperature necessary for the germination and growth of many spring veg) even if there is frost.

NO Dig Hot Bed For Early Vegetables

This film is a month after we sowed the hot bed and it shows germination and growth we have achieved, also as the air temperature has risen and how this affects the hotbed

No Dig Hot Bed – Early Vegetables – April Update

This film shows the Hot bed in Summer and how it is still cropping even though it has now cooled  and has not had any fertilizer applied

No Dig Hot bed  Growing Agretti

This film shows how you can utilize the hot bed concept for seed germination which is especially useful if you have a pollytunnel or greenhouse with no electricity

How to make a Hot bed Propagator

The Power of Pee (or Urine!)

Natural Fertilizers

In most western cultures when you mention using human urine as a natural fertiliser the most common reaction is shock. This is a shame, as we can make great use of the power of Pee.

We can learn a lot about just how effective urine can be for gardens from growing and gardening practices in under developed countries where the gardeners know how to get the most from this precious resource.

Even NASA Use This Method

N.A.S.A have used urine as an effective fertiliser and have carried out extensive Continue reading