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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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3 Main Shapes of Parsnip – Bulbous, Wedge or Bayonet

There are 3 main shapes of Parsnip – (Latin name – Pastinaca sativa ssp. sativa) bulbous types with rounded shoulders wedge types which are broad and long bayonet types which are long and narrow John has grown these magnificent bayonet
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Parsnip Canker

Parsnip Canker is the most serious problem with parsnips. Latin name – Itersonilia pastinaceae Brown or black patches appear on the shoulder of the root which then become soft and rotten. The secondary rotting which follows the initial discolouration is
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Second Hand Garden Tools – Parsnip Digger

Good quality garden tools are expensive, so buying second hand is worth considering.  If a tool is well made, of good material, and has been looked after, it will last for years.  So a well maintained, quality second-hand tool is
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