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About Manure. How Much, Where And When?

FRESH: You don’t always have to wait to use your muck. Some plants such as runner beans and squash will happily grow in planting holes or trenches enriched with a good helping of fresh muck. Add a minimum of a spadeful per plant. Cucumbers and melons will also grow excellently on simple ‘hot beds’ built with a layer of fresh muck topped with soil or well-rotted garden compost to plant into. Once they’ve died down comparatively fresh muck also can be stacked on top of rhubarb plants in autumn. It acts as a protective ‘hat’ for winter and they are going to grow up through the rotted remains in springtime. Continue reading “About Manure. How Much, Where And When?”

Cut and Come Again Salad Leaves – Tips

Most of our popular salads have a neat trick that you could take advantage of. If you snip off the top growth (or pick individual leaves) when large enough, leaving the growing point attached, the plants will regrow allowing one to harvest them 2-3 times before they run out of steam and must be resown. And that is just what cut-and-come-again crops are – plants that can be cut, or harvested, more than once. This is a great way to produce all your salad needs in a very small space and it allows you to grow such a wide variety of leaves, all with different flavours, in one small tray. Continue reading “Cut and Come Again Salad Leaves – Tips”