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growing aubergines

The Basics by Michael Kelly Growing Good Aubergines

June 14, 2018

I sometimes think that aubergines are easy to grow, but hard to grow well if you know what I mean.  I find the plants easy to raise, but it’s a harder job to get good fruit.
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Richard's Ramblings June 5th - Plant Spacing and Thinning

Richard's Ramblings June 5th - Plant Spacing and Thinning

June 05, 2018

The white umbels of the cow parsley provide a wonderful natural flower show at this time of year, ribbons of lacy white flowers along the hedgerows, until you get to the strip of sprayed verge. How anyone can think a strip of dead, brown vegetation is more attractive than head high white flowers is beyond me. 
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Richard's Ramblings May 25th by Richard Mee

Richard's Ramblings May 25th by Richard Mee

May 25, 2018

The long wet winter is quickly fading into memory now with the sun on our backs and the soil drying out. Though look closely at the garden in GROW HQ and you will see the scars inflicted by the cold and wet.
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Richard's Rambling May 19th - Pollination

Richard's Rambling May 19th - Pollination

May 18, 2018

It’s apple blossom season, one of my favourite times of year. If you are reading this on a warm sunny afternoon and you have a blossoming tree outside then stop reading immediately and go outside to look at the tree.
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The Basics

The Basics "Potting up" Courgettes, Squashes and Pumpkins

May 18, 2018

I sow courgette, squash, cucumber and pumpkin plants in large module trays but they grow incredibly quickly and need to be put in to larger pots within 2 weeks or so. 
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Richard's Ramblings 11th May by Richard Mee

Richard's Ramblings 11th May by Richard Mee

May 11, 2018

I was saddened to see, in the catalogue of horticultural supplies I use, that you could buy a device to put in the eaves of your house that stops the house martins nesting. I was trying to imagine what soulless people want to deprive themselves of the sight of these beautiful birds, not to mention the free supply of nitrogen rich fertiliser. 
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The Basics by Michael Kelly Getting Ready for Carrots

The Basics by Michael Kelly Getting Ready for Carrots

May 11, 2018

Carrots are fussy and they need a deep, fertile soil to do well. Ideally, the soil should be in decent nick up to a spades depth.  That means they are one of the only parts of the garden where I do a good bit of work on the soil prior to sowing.
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Richard's Ramblings Trees and Bushes Know How to Grow

Richard's Ramblings Trees and Bushes Know How to Grow

May 04, 2018 1 Comment

Some gardening books even recommend removing the flowers of strawberry plants in the first year. This all seems to belong to the Victorian school of gardening, tie them down, discipline them and show them who’s boss – this might suit a certain type of gardener but wouldn’t be my idea of fun.
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Food Empathy for Kids

Food Empathy for Kids

May 02, 2018 1 Comment

Frankly the notion that eating lunch is optional is ludicrous. What message are we giving our children when we remove time for a basic biological function from their formal education? At GIY we work really hard to help connect children of all ages to their food, their health and the health of the planet.
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The Basics – Sowing Courgettes

The Basics – Sowing Courgettes

April 26, 2018

Courgettes are easy to grow and incredibly prolific, your only problem in fact will be working out what to do with all those courgettes.  If all else fails I lob them in to people’s gardens like a paper boy...
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Mick Kelly explains transplanting tomatoes

Mick Kelly explains transplanting tomatoes

April 20, 2018

"Myself and Richard have nerdy horticultural conversations over lunch at GROW HQ occasionally. They are the types of conversations that only veg obsessives could ever really enjoy." - You've been warned. 
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Richard's Ramblings; inventing a new Scandinavian-sounding word to achieve fame

Richard's Ramblings; inventing a new Scandinavian-sounding word to achieve fame

April 20, 2018 2 Comments

... there has been various Danish concepts plied as the answer to our modern discontent. These generally seem eminently sensible but blindingly obvious, apparently having a few friends round for a bite to eat and a beer makes you feel good- who knew?...
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