Raised beds and planters can be spotted in most veg gardens and even most casual gardens these days, whether for ease of use, aesthetics or to utilise smaller spaces more efficiently.
That’s not all though. Raised planters and beds have better drainage, which is great for crops and flowers and they are a little bit kinder to our achy backs,…
The traditional long, smooth cucumbers need to be grown in awarm, almost hot, humid atmosphere so require greenhouse or polytunnel conditions.
Some of the smaller-fruited more prickly varieties can be grown outside on your veg plot. Many of the greenhouse varieties sold are now all-female plants which means there is no need to remove the male flowers.
The ordinary old-fashioned…
Slugs and snails
Enemy number one for most vegetable growers, slugs and snails, love damp conditions and thrive in a warm, wet summer.
Crops affected: Virtually any crop –snails above ground, slugs both above and below soil level. Worst affected are brassicas, carrots, potatoes, seedlings.
Symptoms: Nibbled leaves and roots can be confused with other pests such as caterpillars. Look…
Shopping for a Polytunnel or Greenhouse? No problem, Kitchen Garden has a great selection to help you find the perfect cover.
With the development of new polythene covers it is possible to grow all kinds of crops and exotic plants in a Polytunnel, so it’s no surprise that these structures are gardeners’ first choice for growing undercover.
So, what’s a container? This depends on what crops you are growing, for example lettuce and salad leaves can be grown in quite shallow containers. A small trough 17cm (7in) deep and 30cm (12in) long would suffice for a few mixed cut and come again salad leaves.
Ideally, aim for atrough about 20cm (8in) wide, 60cm (2ft) long and at…
You can start a veg patch almost any time if you have a nice piece of bare soil. However, if you are starting from scratch and the area is still lawn or very weedy this is best treated with a weed killer such as glyphosate.
This works better in warm, sunny conditions so summer is ideal, but failing this a…
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