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GARDENING TOOLS FOR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS–(to last a lifetime)

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In this second film on Christmas Presents for gardeners I focus exclusively on Sneeboer Tools.  I make no apology for this as in my opinion they are the best tools currently available.  I cover hand tools, hoes, and digging tools and some unusual weeders.  Some of these you won’t have seen before as they were originally made for very specialist applications and its only with use that I have come to appreciate the great versatility of them.

I buy tools that I expect to do the job and last a long time and so many nowadays just seen to be made to the cheapest price point and ultimately are are bad investments

Mark Abbott-Compton

Ten Minute Gardener

 

CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR GARDENERS

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CROPPING MAIN CROP POTATOES EXPERIMENT

I wanted to share with you a film on an experiement I conducted this year to see just how little effort you could put into a potato crop and still get a viable return.  These potatoes were sown directly onto some well rotted manure which had been placed on top of three layers of cardboard on totally uncultivated ground.  They were then covered with 3inches of well rotted manure and left to their own devices.  At its simplest this could be considered a no dig method and whilst I would not recommend this if you have a small space it has cultivated the ground quite deeply and has produced a much more than acceptable crop of the three varieties I choose for this experiment.

 

The 3 variety i used for the experiment were

Pink Fir Apple – very knobbly so can be a pain to clean but very nice taste eaten hot or cold

Vitelotte –  also called Vitelotte noire, Négresse or Truffe de Chine, is a gourmet French variety of blue-violet potato.Great taste doesn’t crop as heavy as some modern variety’s having been bread around 1860 but I always make room for some as its my personal favorite

Harlequin – This was my first time growing Harlequin as I like to try at least one new  variety each season.The crop was fantastic ,double Pink Fir Apple which was one of its parents and I think the taste both hot and cold is equal to it.

Not included in this experiment but which I also grow and would recomend are BF15 – High-yielding first early salad potato, as delicious as its name is unromantic, which I also grow in bags for Christmas and Mayan Gold another with great taste.

Remember if you are storing your potatoes they need to be in Paper or hessian sacks with the light exclude or they will turn green and not be fit for eating

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CROPPING RUNNER,BUTTERBEANS AND CLIMBING BEANS

Without doubt the highest yielding vegetables you can grow in the garden and really invaluable for Winter use dried these Butter beans and Borlotti beans are growing in a tiny No-Dig bed in my mums small urban back garden and the soil preparation is now really paying dividends

The Butterbeans I am growing are FAGIOLO DI SPAGNA which are the only ones I have ever had much success with and the Borlotti are LAMON  both from seeds of Italy

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HOW TO GROW MELONS

Although having a wonderfully exotic taste musk melons and their derivatives are no harder to grow than a cucumber.  Easy to grow outdoors as they will scramble across the bed, a better use of space in the greenhouse to grow them up supports.  If you do this you will really need to support each individual melon and this film shows you a simple way to do this.

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HOW TO PLANT OUT RUNNER BEANS

Although i say in the intro to this video it climbing and dwarf french beans i also plant Butter Beans which are a type of Runner Bean grown especially for there larger sized beans
The easiest was for most of us for most of us to increase the amount of space we have to grow in is to grow plants vertically. Beans in their many varieties will do this as there normally method of growing is to climb up a support. I filmed this a few weeks ago and will be doing an update shortly to show you how they are growing.

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