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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 
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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
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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
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Keep Soil on Stored Vegetables – Do Not Wash!

Do not wash root vegetables before putting them into store, keep the soil on!  This applies to all root vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips & swedes. Researchers, working on behalf of ASDA, looking into the shelf-life of vegetables have found
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How to Grow Parsnips

The traditional time for sowing parsnips is February, but parsnip seed can be sown from March to early May.  In our vegetable garden the parsnip seeds grow better when the soil has warmed up, & canker is not such a problem
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