Category Archive for: AUTUMN

Bumper Apple crop

It is apple season again and this year I have had a bumper crop. I have five apple trees espaliered along a fence and I have picked 130 kgs of fruit off them! Quite extraordinary. The five trees take up 20 meters of length, about ½ meter in width and 1.3 meters tall. Not a…

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A Changing of the Seasons

  There is a real autumn feel in the air at the moment and the colouring up of the Manchurian pear and Robinia, makes me realise that autumn is nearly here. The same is happening in the veggie garden, summer crops are finishing and the cooler air temperature are favouring the growth on those in-between…

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SUCCESSIVE PLANTING INFOGRAPHIC

    Successive planting is an important part of making sure that your garden is growing all year round, and producing the food that you and your family need. Follow the purple circle weeks below and you will ensure that you are constantly in supply of fresh greens, herbs and vegetables all through the season.…

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How to grow Broccoli Sprouts- the new Superfood!

  OK so it has been a week and I am now eating my nutritious broccoli sprouts. They are delicious, crisp, nutty and a little bit hot in the way radishes are, but softer. I had intended to juice them but they are so good I am just eating them from the bowl. I put…

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Autumn the Ideal time for Planting Broccoli!

  Broccoli would have to be one of my favourite vegetables to grow, not only because it is tasty and nutritious, with many uses in the kitchen, but also because it is so productive. If it’s looked after properly you can keep harvesting from the same plant for months. For those of you in temperate…

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Successive Planting and How to Grow Snow Peas

I love gardening in autumn, the temperatures are lower and there is usually enough rain about so you don’t have to be constantly watering newly planted seedlings and seeds. It is my favourite time of the year in the vegetable garden, lots happening but not as frenetic as spring and not as demanding as summer.…

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How to keep Chickens laying in Autumn and Winter

Maintaining egg production during autumn and winter I love to eat fresh organic eggs, but even the best quality commercial product cannot compare to home produced eggs. I have been very disappointed over the years when my flock has gone into moult and I have had no eggs and had to buy them. As a…

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How to make Beetroot Relish

  I like to grow beetroot all year round by planting around 20 seeds a month. Now this normally allows enough for everyday salads, roasting and juicing, but every so often I get a few that grow too big to be used in this way. What I like to do with them is turn them…

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How to Make Basil Pesto

Making Basil Pesto February is basil making time. In the highlands I have to wait till late spring/ early summer for the soil to warm up enough to get  seed to germinate or plants to grow well. Once in, I feed and water well for 12 to 14 weeks. Then as soon as I see…

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Growing organic strawberries

Growing organic strawberries   Love strawberries but worried about eating them or giving them to your kids, after all the bad press about the amount of chemicals they can contain? Want a great way of getting the kids engaged in growing something? Why not try growing your own organic strawberries- it’s easy! Strawberries will grow…

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