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Preventing fruit fall in Finger limes and other Citrus.

Although we may think that fruit trees produce fruit for our benefit, the reality is that the reason for fruit production is to protect and nourish the seeds within. Production of seed ensures genetic variation and the survival of the species. For plants, survival of the species regulates so much of a plants reaction to…

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A bit of sage advice on what to plant when in your productive garden

  What to plant when I am often asked “What do I plant now?” Not an easy question to answer as regional weather varies greatly, all areas have varying micro climates and every garden is slightly different. All these variables affect when you put various crops in. As a basic rule, if the weather is warm…

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Dividing your Rhubarb Plants

  In my last post on ” The Joys of Organic Rhubarb” I talk about how it is necessary to divide your plants very three or four years. I also showed you the wonderful red stems of a new plant I had purchased  last season. I was anxious to have more than one of this…

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How to look after your Herb Garden

  Having a productive herb garden is such a joy and a great addition to any productive backyard. Being able to access fresh herbs at any time is a real privilege and once you get used to having ready access to a wide range of fresh herbs and enjoying the fabulous flavours they add to…

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Propagating Herbs from plant parts

By far the easiest and cheapest method of growing herbs is by propagating your own through vegetative propagation, or cuttings. Here are a few certain ways of increasing your herb collection on a budget. The plant parts required to propagate herbs can be obtained from friends and neighbours, community gardens or by buy a small…

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How to grow herbs from seed.

Herbs are one of the easiest of all productive plants to grow, but as with all plants there are various ways of establishing plants. Growing them from seed is a cheap and effective way of getting lots of herb plants. Most Herbs can be grown from seed, and in fact it is the best way…

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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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Planting Basil

For me, the middle of October is basil planting time. Although I have experimented with lots of different basils I still seem to prefer the annual sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum). Fresh Basil is a must in Thai beef salad, with fresh tomato on bruschetta, on pizza, in a Napolitano pasta sauce and ratatouille, when the…

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Growing Spring Onions all year.

It can be a bit confusing when talking about spring onions (or are they shallots or are they scallions) as there are lots of small onions with lots of different names, but when I am talking about spring onions I am referring to the onion which produces a slender white stem and hollow, cylindrical, dark…

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Preparing for spring and summer planting-growing seedlings

  So this week’s blog will wrap up my series on getting prepared for spring planting. We have our seeds in hand and our beds prepared, so with just a small amount of time each week we can now start getting our plants started. I like to spend just ½ an hour every week on…

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