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Growing Biennial Vegetables for Flowers and Seeds
That's a hefty list to choose from, and I like to work with a couple of biennial vegetables every year. If you replant them in spring, most of the new growth will emerge from secondary buds along the main stem.
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Win the War on Weeds!
Mulching like this also means you can adopt a no-till method of gardening. Every gardener should aim to keep soil covered as much as possible, whether through efficient use of space with multiple crops grown side by side, or with generous layers of organic...
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How to Create a Vegetable Garden on a Slope
Level places from which to work are invaluable when gardening on a slope, because gravity pulls people downhill, too. By midsummer, the structure that underpins a terraced vegetable garden disappears as it is overrun by exuberant plants.
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5 Tips for Late Summer Planting Beds
It gets better: The cut corn stalks made handy weights for securing the edges of the cover. Summer Compost for Fall Veggies My new seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi and other widely spaced plants get a huge helping of fresh summer compost,...
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How to Ripen Fruit Faster
You will need to protect plants should a frost threatens while there is still some of the growing season left to run. You can even add an apple or banana (two generous ethylene producers) to the bag to speed ripening still further.
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6 Ways to Extend Your Harvests
Continue Feeding Plants Don't scrimp on feeding your crops. So encouraging these productive staples to carry on cropping for longer is the aim of the game. Consider cutting back overhanging foliage and act promptly to remove spent crops so that those...
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Fight Pests Without Using Bug Spray
Pests can sometimes infiltrate your garden among the leaves or in the potting soil of shop-bought plants, so if you buy (or are given) young plants always check them carefully for signs of pests before introducing them to the garden.
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Growing Cabbages from Sowing to Harvest
Some types have a smooth, almost glossy appearance, while others like the Savoy cabbage produce deeply crinkled leaves that are perfect for mopping up sauces or gravy. Make sure spring cabbages are transplanted no later than early fall, so they can establish...
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Make the Most of Your Summer Garden
A couple of lights directed up into the branchwork of a tree looks stunning. Permanently positioned garden seating looks fantastic when it's visually anchored. Good-quality strings of solar-powered fairy lights can be bought for very little outlay.
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Try Asian Radishes this Fall
There are many ways to enjoy the “little ginseng” of the vegetable world. I used lightly blanched watermelon radish sticks to mimic tuna in vegetarian sushi. Warm soil temperatures promote fast germination, so the seeds will be up and growing in a...
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3 Ways to Use Up Your Glut
Simmer until thick (this should take anywhere from one to three hours) then decant into sterilized jars. You can also freeze home-made tomato sauces, soups and passata. Cover them with paper bags to stop them getting covered in dust.
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Growing Rutabagas for a Bumper Fall Harvest
The leaves are big and wavy, like turnips, but have a smooth surface with bluish bloom like cabbage. Rutabaga seeds sprout quickly, with shade-grown seedlings ready to transplant in only three weeks.
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Saving Seeds from Beans, Peppers, Onions...And More!
This way you will actively select for those plants that perform the strongest and are best suited to the conditions in your garden. See our video and article How to Prepare and Store Seeds from Your Tomato Plants for more on this.
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Keep Plum Trees Healthy and Productive With Summer Pruning
Summer Pruning Plum Trees Thinning fruits can be regarded as the first stage of pruning, as it reduces strain on the branches. Silver leaf disease is spread by spores from a bracket fungus.
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How to Dry Chili Peppers
When to Harvest Chili Peppers for Drying You don't need to wait until your chilies turn colour before you pick them. Using a Dehydrator to Dry Chili Peppers An alternative to air-drying is to use a dehydrator set to a suitable temperature.
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Help Your Garden Survive a Summer Drought
They'll all save you time while ensuring your plants stay in the best condition possible. You can speed things along by adding a splosh of water to the top of the pot before it's left to soak.
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Grow Potatoes for a Christmas Crop
Potato foliage can be kept snug with an insulating layer of fleece, removed during the day to allow maximum sunlight penetration. Plant some seed potatoes in late summer and you could be enjoying a bonanza of earthy nuggets from late autumn right through...
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Growing Fruit: Why Thinning Creates a Better Harvest
We need to thin them to just one or two fruits per cluster. I'm using a sharp pair of pruners for the job, but if the fruits are really close to each other you may find it easier to use scissors to get in between them.
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5 Organic Controls for Greenhouse Whitefly
And if that's not enough, honeydew can attract diseases such as black sooty moulds on plants already weakened by the whiteflies' persistent sap sucking. Greenhouse whitefly are tiny but can seriously weaken plants Greenhouse Whitefly Organic Controls...
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How to grow: Shallots (Growing Guide)
Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Shallots Aphids (General) Slug Snail Plant Diseases which Affect Shallots Allium White Rot Onion Downy Mildew
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How to grow: Cucumber Beetle, Striped (Growing Guide)
Managing Outbreaks: Striped cucumber beetles are difficult to hand pick because they are small and prone to flying away. Damage: Striped cucumber beetles emerge in late spring and immediately begin feeding on cucumber, melon and squash seedlings.
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How to grow: Borage (Growing Guide)
Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Borage Aphids (General) Slug Snail Borage attracts large buzzing insects that dominate their air space. Large plants produce edible, starry blue flowers that attract bees in droves.
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How to grow: Onion Root Maggot (Growing Guide)
Damage: When young onion plants wilt for no apparent reason, pull up a sample plant to check for legless worms (maggots) feeding on it roots. Tips: Yellow sticky traps or yellow pans of water can be used to monitor and trap onion flies.
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How to grow: Valerian (Growing Guide)
Harvesting Dig roots in fall or early spring and dry outdoors, because they release an unpleasant smell as they dry. Companions Echinacea, Catnip, Agastache and Dill. Store in airtight container.
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How to grow: Lemon Balm (Growing Guide)
Planting and Harvesting Calendar < Back to All Plants Pests which Affect Lemon Balm Aphids (General) Slug Snail Our Garden Planner can produce a personalized calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.
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How to grow: Tulip (Growing Guide)
Notes Tulips will return for several years where winters are cold, but may rot when grown in warm, moist climates. Clear primary colors create a festive effect in a mixed planting.
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How to grow: Ageratum (Growing Guide)
Notes Blue ageratum provides excellent contrast when combined with flowers with orange blossoms. In midsummer, drench plants with a liquid plant food to stimulate new growth. Some varieties produce white or pink blossoms.
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How to grow: Tomato (Large) (Growing Guide)
Black patches on the bottom of fruits are a nutritional disorder best prevented by growing tomatoes in well-prepared soil with constant light moisture. Spacing Single Plants: 1' 7" (50cm) each way (minimum) Rows: 1' 5" (45cm) with 1' 11" (60cm) row gap...
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How to grow: Parsnip (Growing Guide)
Can be left in the soil through winter in many areas. Companions Onion, Onions and Radish. Germination often takes up to 2 weeks. Notes Thin seedlings to proper spacing when they are 4 inches tall.
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