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How to Prune Summer Raspberry Canes

When the summer raspberry harvest has come to an end, prune out the old flowering canes at soil level. The new shoots that have grown this year will bear next year’s fruit. Removing the old canes from the raspberry row will prevent the carry over of diseases, and give the new canes light and space.  (This method is for summer fruiting canes, not autumn raspberries.) *
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Pickled Runner Bean Recipe

This recipe for pickled runner beans is a good way to use up surplus runner beans. Ingredients: * 1.5lb runner beans * 1pint malt vinegar * 1.5lb granulated sugar * 1 level teaspoon ground allspice * pepper Method 1. String & slice beans 2. Cook in lightly salted boiling water for about 8 minutes & drain. 3. Mix vinegar, sugar, allspice & pepper in pan, &
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How to pickle onions

The main thing you need to pickle onions is plenty of time, otherwise it is quite straightforward! most people use shallots for pickled onions make a brine solution by dissolving 8oz of salt in 4 pints of water skin the onions – using a stainless steel or silver knife – or the onions will discolour cover the onions in the cold brine solution for at least 24 hours. 
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How to Freeze Parsley in 10 steps.

Parsley has grown well in this mild winter and it is worth clipping for freezing, to save it being lost in the frost. To freeze parsley: Cut off the outer stems Discard any shoots that are not perfect – they must be green and young Wash well under cold water Shake dry Place in a freezer bag & seal Label ‘parsley’ Put in freezer
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Black Friday – TopVeg eBook Offer!

TopVeg has released a new eBook  “Vegetable Growing for Young Gardeners” & has a Black Friday offer of £ 4.99.  It is written for young people & explains How to Grow Vegetables and Produce Food! There are 21 growing cards included in the book, which can be individually downloaded and printed out.  Our Growing Cards, created by Sara of farming friends, guide young people with step-by-step instructions
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Marble Plants inspired by Eva Crackles.

Handcrafted marble plants decorating libraries and public spaces in Hull are a tribute to Eva Crackles, (1918-2007), a Botanist who spent her life collecting and collating plants. She particularly loved wild flowers and studied the flora that grew on bomb sites after World War 2.  Linda Brothwell has replicated the flowers documented by Eva, remarking that these pioneer plants are reminders that libraries are
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How to Grow Sweetcorn or Corn on the Cob.

Sweetcorn or maize, (Latin name – Zea mays) does not always grow well in vegetable gardens in the north of the UK.   Sweetcorn should receive at least eight hours of sunlight a day, so it needs a sunny site in the vegetable garden. Cold winds will slow growth, as sweetcorn is originally a sub-tropical plant, and likes to be warm. Sunlight, warmth & water
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Cucumbers combat Alzheimer’s

Cucumber Mosaic Virus (CMV) has been used in conjunction with a tetanus vaccine to treat allergies, Alzheimer’s and psoriasis. CMV is one of the most common plant viruses.  As well as cucumbers, it also affects spinach, lettuce and celery and many flowers, especially lilies, delphiniums, primulas and Daphne. CMV causes: yellow patches & mottling on leaves small, distorted leaves short stems low yields odd
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