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Aluminium Planters

Aluminium is an ideal material for planters as it does not rust and needs no painting or treatments.  Aluminium is a very light metal so is the perfect metal for window boxes which are fixed to the wall. The boat shaped planter in the photos is made by Matthew of  Aluminium Art. The planters would make an ideal herb trough, similar to the one below
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How to Grow Borage

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow Borage card.   If you would like a pdf of  the grow card for How to Grow borage, please complete the contact form asking for the grow card for borage and we will email it to you. Borage is included in the How to Grow Culinary Herbs eBook written by TopVeg & Farming Friends
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How To Grow Bay

Common Bay (Latin name Laurus nobilis) has shiny, dark green, aromatic leaves & is easy to grow..   Growing Bay Plant young plants in: Spring when danger of frost has past Well drained soil A sheltered spot In full sun Away from strong winds  Care of Bay Plants Water well, especially during dry periods over summer Feed monthly Prune long shoots off in summer Harvesting Bay
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Mulberry Trees and Mulberries

Black Mulberries (latin name Morus nigra) are so ripe and juicy that they just melt in your mouth. This is a bumper year for mulberries. The trees are laden and the fruit is of excellent quality. The tree in this picture was grown from a cutting – the mother tree was in Patrington Rectory. So many mulberries are found in Rectories.  The story is
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How to Tell Victoria Plums are Ready to Pick

There are four signs which tell if Victoria Plums are ready to pick: 1. Twist the plum gently off the stem. The plum is ripe when it comes off easily.  Plums usually leave their stalk on the tree. 2. The colour of the plum changes when they are ripe.  The skin becomes reddy-pink on one side &  yellowy on the other. The plum on the left of
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How to Grow Basil

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow basil card. The card may be downloaded, printed off and pinned to the potting shed wall as a useful reference on how to grow basil.  Please contact us  if you would like us to send you a pdf of the How2Grow Basil Card. We hope that children, as well as established vegetable
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Boats in Bloom!

The Canal and River Trust have launched a national competition ‘Boats in Bloom’ giving prizes for: the most edible boat, the boat with the best vegetable garden, the most flower-filled boat the most inventive use of space. There will be a public vote on the Canal and River Trust’s website which will open on Monday, August 7 and will close on August 29. The
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4 Steps to Prune Tayberries

Tayberries are easy to prune by following these 4 steps in late summer. 1. prune Tayberry canes as soon as they have finished fruiting 2. cut the canes that carried the ripe Tayberries back to ground level 3. tie the new  stems, which have grown this year & have not produced any berries, in place to replace the old canes. 4. remove the weaker stems, only keep the strongest
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