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Seed Potatoes Mixed!

We have opened the packet of seed potatoes we bought from the garden centre on 4 February and found a mixed bunch! There are 4 large potatoes, 4 medium sized and 2 tiny ones.  We prefer large seed potatoes as they produce a higher yield of new potatoes, but large ones are hard to find. These seed are also very dirty and look as
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Maris Bard – First early potatoes

Today we bought some Maris Bard potato seed.  Maris Bard are a first early, that is a very early potato, and the variety is a TopVeg favourite!  We like the flavour and they keep well in the soil. The photo above is  of the label of the packet of seed we bought.  We wanted Maris Bard but the only ones in the shop were
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Hemp has so many uses

Hemp has so many uses. watch the new video on this site: http://eastyorkshirehemp.co.uk/  
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Planting Potatoes

We started planting seed potatoes on 12 February in 2011,  not because conditions were ideal, but because work was taking Mike abroad, & he would be away for 4 weeks. Luckily the soil had been covered with a plastic sheet since late November.  So the rain had been kept off and the soil was quite dry. The sheet was taken off, and the soil
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Young gardeners eat more fruit & veg

First-year college students who have gardening experience eat more fruits and vegetables while they’re away at university, compared with peers who don’t have green thumbs, US researchers say.  The research was published by Reuters on 26 December  2017 The more gardening experience the freshers had, the greater their intake of produce, the study also found. Those who had gardened both during childhood and more
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Holly and Ivy Wreath

Why are holly and ivy grouped together?  It first happened in pagan times, as a thinly disguised competition between the sexes.   Holly was thought to be male: crisp and prickly. Whereas Ivy symbolised the female: being soft and clingy! But ivy is only mentioned once in the carol “The Holly and The Ivy” & that is in the first line of the first verse!
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How to Plant Raspberry Canes

Raspberries are best grown from bare root canes in the autumn. Always  buy virus-free stock. Most soils are suitable for raspberries, but the best soil is: * slightly acid * not too heavy * rich in organic matter * well drained The site for the raspberry canes should be: * sheltered from high winds * in full sun, but partial shade is acceptable Raspberries
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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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