Gardening and pest control

Get Free seed potatoes!

The other week I told you how to get free tomato seeds. This week I want to tell you about getting some free seed potatoes courtesy of potatoes for Schools. Unfortunately the offer is closed for this year, but you can register now ready for 2012.

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How to chit seed potatoes

You’ve probably heard the term ‘chitting’ when it comes to planting seed potatoes but do you know what chitting potatoes means or how to do it? Do you need to chit? Will your crop fail if you don’t? Do you need any special chitting equipment? This short video will talk you through the what, where,…

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How to grow tomatoes with FREE seeds!

I don’t know about you, but I’m itching to get my hands in the soil. The other day I saw clumps of snowdrops – for me, that’s a sure sign that spring is on the way and my mind turns to growing food and flowers in the garden. Fortunately, Britain On Show, are giving away…

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Potato day at Garden Organic

When you wander around your local store, how many varieties of potato do you notice? In some supermarkets you might be able to choose from half a dozen, but in many stores you’ll simply have ‘reds’ or ‘whites’. Did you know there are, in fact, over 200 different potatoes listed on the British Potato Variety…

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Six things you never knew you could compost

For this week’s ‘Change the world Wednesday‘ challenge we’re off to the compost bin! Home composting is a great way to turn waste into a valuable resource, especially when you consider that around 60% of the contents of your kitchen bin could be reused in this way! This week we’ve been asked to share our…

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Growing food all year round, indoors

This week, for our ‘Change the World Wednesday‘ Challenge, Reduce footprints wants us to exercise our green fingers. Set by one of the participants of the challenge Rewinn says “I like the idea of microgardening. Almost every living space has room for a pot or three where you can grow lettuce or mint. Do you…

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Attracting natural pest control to your garden

If you have a garden, chances are you’ll now be tidying things up in time for Winter. But don’t make things TOO tidy. Encouraging birds and wildlife to your garden helps to keep the ecosystem healthy and can even benefit you with natural pest control.

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Three easy herbs to grow

To support Garden Organic’s One Pot Pledge, I want to share three delicious and easy-to-grow herbs with you! Even if you are without a garden, all you need is a sunny spot – a porch, windowsill or window box will do – and some free draining soil to enjoy the benefits of fresh food. Potted…

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Dean Community Food CSA open day

There is a community supported agricultural (CSA) scheme called Dean Community Food and they are holding an open day this weekend before a formal launch in June.. Set up at Ragmans Lane Farm in 2008, the farm uses permaculture as a guiding design principle. They are passionate about educating and employing people to work the…

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