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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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Pumpkins Moulded into Frankenstein’s Face

A Spalding pumpkin farmer has grown pumpkins in moulds to give the shape of Frankenstein’s face.  For more information and pics follow this link.
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Pumpkin Carving!

Its pumpkin time again. The pumpkin designs get better!
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Bay Tree Success!

Sara, from farming friends, has just sent a lovely message: “Do you remember years ago you gave us advice about planting our baytree?   Well it looks fabulous today.”  See the photo of Sara’s Bay Tree  below:   Thanks Sara!  It looks great. There is an ebook is on sale now and explains how to plant a herb garden or grow your own herbs for cooking.  
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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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