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Grow Your Own Spuds!

Thursday, 21 March 2019  |  Alison

Grow Your Own Spuds!

The potato, although humble in looks, has been a mainstay of the British diet for centuries. The main reasons being that the tubers are ideally suited to being grown in our cool (rainy) climate and they need no special soil requirements.

Potatoes are without doubt regarded as a ‘national treasure’ in the UK and are eaten by most of us every single day. Whether they be disguised in a bag of crisps, as ‘Bubble and Squeak’ mixed with cabbage, roasted to have with Sunday lunch or mashed and served with sausages, they are utterly delicious!

First brought to England from Virginia, by colonists that were sent to The Americas by Sir Walter Raleigh in around 1584, potatoes have grown in popularity and are part of our heritage.   

 If you have not grown your own spuds before then make this year the one that you try.   

There are three main categories of potatoes. First Early, Second Early and Maincrop. They are put into groups to make it more straight forward to choose varieties you wish to try and to spread the growing season so that you can be harvesting potato crops from June to December.  

Potatoes can be grown in potato grow bags on a sunny patio, in a small vegetable patch, amongst flowers in a mixed border or as a huge crop on an allotment. 

For full instructions on details and easy instructions, look at our How to grow Potatoes on our website.

In the height of summer, tiny ‘new potatoes’ just boiled and served with a knob of butter and sprinkled with fresh mint from the garden are a joy.  My mouth is watering at the thought of long, warm summer days, enjoying harvesting, cooking and eating potatoes!

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019  |  Alison
Roots, Shoots and Leaves!

I know that the similarly named book title is without the comma, but I just can’t bring myself to leave it out. I do love a bit of punctuation although these days it seems it is not so important but don’t get me started on that debate please.

Bare root perennials are the roots in question. If you usually go for bulbs, plug plants, seeds or garden ready plants, then it is time to give bare roots a chance.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019  |  Alison
Roses Are Red…….

For many centuries the red rose has been a symbolic gesture of love.

A forerunner of the short four liner poem we quote so readily today in Valentine messages was published in 1784 in Gammer Gurton’s Garland as ........

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019  |  Alison
RHS Plant Hardiness Ratings - Get Into the Zone

Plant hardiness ratings were first introduced in North America, with the publication of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map in 1960. This was designed to help gardeners determine which plants would ‘over winter’ in their particular area of the vast country of the USA, where there are many different climates, from the almost arctic conditions of Alaska in the north, down to tropical climes of Florida in the southern states.

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