TopVeg – growing veg,fruit&herbs

July 9, 2010

How To Grow Parsnip Card

Filed under: root veg — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 8:13 am

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create some FREE How To Grow Vegetables Cards, including this How to Grow Parsnips card.

how-to-grow-parsnips

how-to-grow-parsnips

 If you would like a pdf of this parsnip card or any of the How to Grow cards, please complete the contact form asking for the grow card you would like and we will email it to you.

March 14, 2010

How To Grow Carrots

Filed under: root veg — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 10:05 am

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create some FREE How To Grow Vegetables Cards, including this How to Grow Carrots card.

If you would like a pdf of this carrot card or any of the How to Grow cards, please complete the contact form asking for the grow card you would like and we will email it to you.

March 10, 2010

How to Grow Carrots

Filed under: root veg — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 11:17 pm

How to grow carrots in the vegetable garden:

fresh-carrots

fresh-carrots

  • carrots like a sunny spot
  • dig soil in autumn & break soil down to fine, crumbly seedbed before sowing
carrot-bed

carrot-bed

  • sow outdoors from March to August – if in  March cover with cloche
  • sow every 3 weeks for a continuous suppy 
  • sow thinly – mix seed with sand to make it easier
  • sow in rows 1.5cm deep with 30cm  between rows
thinning-carrot-row

thinning-carrot-row

  • thin seedlings, when large enough to handle, so 6 cm apart
pulling-carrot-seedlings-out

pulling-carrot-seedlings-out

  • keep well watered
  • pull weeds as they appear
  • pull carrots when they are large enough, as required
nandor-carrot

nandor-carrot

February 20, 2010

Potato Growing Project for Schools

Filed under: potato — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 10:14 pm

The UK potatoes for schools project teaches primary aged children about potatoes. 

Children learn:

  • how potatoes grow
  • how potatoes fit in to a healthy balanced diet

The potatoes for schools project is linked to the UK curricular.

All you have to do is register your school to:

  •  receive a FREE potato growing kit
  • use the supporting lesson plans and worksheets
  • have a chance to win fabulous prizes for your school
  • enter the competition once you have harvested

Click this link to take part in the potato growing project for schools.

February 4, 2010

How To Grow Borage Card

Filed under: herbs — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 10:54 am

 

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow Borage card.

how2groBorage

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-shoot

borage-shoot

Borage is included in the How to Grow Culinary Herbs ebook written by TopVeg & Farming Friends which costs £3.

Click this link to buy a copy of the ebook How to Grow Culinary Herbs.

How to Grow Bay Card

Filed under: herbs — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 10:48 am

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create a How To Grow Bay card.

how2groBay

If you would like a pdf of  the grow card for How to Grow Bay, please complete the contact form asking for the grow card for bay and we will email it to you.

bay-lolipop

bay-lolipop

Bay is included in the How to Grow Culinary Herbs ebook written by TopVeg & Farming Friends which costs £3.

Click this link to buy a copy of the ebook How to Grow Culinary Herbs.

January 11, 2010

What are Baby Mini Vegetables

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — TopVeg @ 10:24 am

Baby or mini vegetables are what the modern household requires – small, but perfectly formed vegetables.

Mini veg are produced in several ways:

CherryTomatoes

CherryTomatoes

  • harvesting vegetables when young – such as  carrots
first-carrots

first-carrots

  • planting seed close together – such as  Leek King Richard, which can be direct sown  closer together, without the need to transplant for mini leeks
leek-plants-trimmed

leek-plants-trimmed

  • special mini cultivars produce baby fruit from compact plants

examples include:

Gone are the days when a cabbage or cauliflower lasts a family a week – sections of the head being cut off and cooked each day.  Now a baby or mini veg will provide a mature cabbage or cauliflower which is small enough to be eaten by one or two people in one sitting.  If the household is larger, the baby mini veg provide the opportunity to present a selection of fresh vegetables, by using several different mini veg for one meal.

Gone are the days when a cabbage or cauliflower lasts a week – with sections being cut off and cooked each day. Now these vegetables have varieties which will mature quickly and produce a very small specimen, just large enough for one or two people to eat in one meal. Or, their compact size means that they can be mixed with other mini veg to provide a selection of fresh veg for one meal.

November 27, 2009

How to Grow Vegetables Cards:

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — TopVeg @ 12:53 pm

How to Grow Vegetables Cards:

Farming Friends & TopVeg have collaborated to create some  How To Grow Vegetables Cards.

 
 
 
 

how-to-grow-broad-beans-card

how-to-grow-broad-beans-card

If you would like a pdf of  any of the How to Grow cards, please complete the contact form asking for the grow card you would like and we will email it to you.
beetroot
broad beans

carrots

courgettes

french beans

garlic
lettuce
onions

parsnips

pea shoots
runner beans
summer radish

tomato

We hope that gardeners, teachers and children will find these “How to Grow” cards useful, and would welcome some feedback.

October 30, 2009

How to Grow Butternut Squash

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — TopVeg @ 10:07 pm

This is a list of steps to show how to grow butternut squash.

1. Sow Butternut Squash seed indoors in  April, so they have a long enough growing season.

  • Plant 1 seed in a small pot , point bit facing up.
  • Cover with some clingfilm and put on a frost-free window sill.
  • Temperature needs to be above 60F for germination.
  • Remove the cling film when they emerge (takes 1 or 2 weeks)
  • They will be ready to plant out 4 weeks after planting or when they have 3 leaves.
  • Don’t rush because squash like warm soil and will be killed by frost.
  • Introduce them to outside conditions gradually, by putting the pots outside during the day for a bit, so they harden off.
butternut squash

butternut squash

Plant the butternut squash out:

  • when the soil has warmed up & all risk of frost has gone.
  • plant in a sheltered spot, out of cold winds.
  • protect with a cloche or cold frame if possible.
  • dig a bucket sized hole, & fill it with soil mixed with compost or well rotted farmyard manure
  • plant the butternut squash in the soil mixture
  • the butternut squash plants should be at least 1m apart
  • mulch the soil with compost or well rotted farmyard manure.
  • watch out for slugs – they will eat the shoot off if given a chance

Growing the butternut squash:

  • feed the plants once a week
  • water regularly – they will drink a lot
  • keep the plants under glass or plastic, if possible, unless the sun is very hot

Ripening the butternut squash:

  • the squash will start to ripen in September
  • remove any leaves covering the fruit so the sun can reach them
  • leave the squash on the plant to ripen, unless the days get cold. Do not leave on the plant if frost is forecast
  • when the fruit has turned yellow it is ripe
  • cut the squash off the plant with a knife, leaving a short 5cm stalk
  • leave the butternut squash on a sunny windowsill to dry out and ripen, for 2 weeks, before putting into store

Storing butternut squash:

  • allow the fruit to dry completely before storing
  • store in a cool, dark, airy place
  • hang the fruit up, so that air can circulate around it
  • butternut squash will store for several months

Click this link to buy some butternut squash seeds

Butternut squash need a lot of tender loving care, but if you follow these guidelines of how to grow butternut squash, you will be enjoying these squash through the winter!

October 22, 2009

Sow Seed for Winter Salad Leaves now

Filed under: salad — Tags: , , , — TopVeg @ 3:35 pm

There is still time to sow some seeds now for winter salad leaves.

niche salad leaves

niche salad leaves


Sow the seeds in a sheltered part of the garden, or in a container:

  • away from cold winds
  • in dry soil that drains well
  • in shallow rows

Sow a few seeds of winter salad every few days until mid-November, to give a continuous supply.

Click this link to see which salad leaves are good to grow for  winter.
This book shows how to grow vegetables in a small space

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