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Harvest the Power of Micro-climates In Your Garden [video]

March 27th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

harvest the power of microclimates

Different gardens have varying micro-climates, it is therefore important to use these to your benefit when gardening. If you get to know the growing conditions in your garden well and adapt your planting to suit accordingly you can dramatically boost your harvests. So here you have it, how to harvest the power of micro-climates in your garden!

  • Any hard surfaces in your garden such as walls or patios will absorb heat throughout the day.  As night falls and the temperature drops the heat is released from these surfaces which can be beneficial to plants that love warmth.  Walls, fences and large rocks can also protect plants from night time cold temperatures by radiating out this stored heat. You can take advantage of this by growing certain plants against these hard surfaces.  A good example would be the growing of vine tomatoes.  They can be grown against a wall facing the midday sun and this radiated heat encourages even ripening.
  • Using clear polythene to cover wall plants can add extra protection, shielding plants from frost at either end of the active growing season.  Anyone familiar with visits to walled garden where peaches are trained against walls will be familiar with the sight of large fleecy coverings to either protect blossom from late frosts, or to protect the plant from the harshest elements of a UK winter.
  • We all recognise a sun trap in our garden is we have one. It is usually where you choose to put your garden bench or patio table and chairs!  Just as humans like to sit in a sun trap, they are also perfect for warmth loving plants, where the perfect climate for some plants to thrive can be had.  When it is warm, remember that plants must be watered more often.  Even heat loving plants don’t want too much of a good thing.
  • Balconies and raised beds offer an area that cannot be reached by ground frosts that often appear in pockets in spring.  Plants grown in these conditions are protected from the worst of the cold which can give gardeners a longer growing season.
  • And though we are talking here of taking advantage of hotter micro-climates in your garden, it’s also important to take advantage of shady areas that can keep particular plants who don’t like the too much heat, nice and cool.

To learn more about a variety of micro-climates that a garden could hold watch the video below to help you get your garden to live up to it’s full potential!

How to Plant & Grow Bare Root Apple Trees

March 10th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Fruit trees are great to grow yourself, providing you with plenty of harvests and delicious fruits. This short post will go through how you can successfully plant and grow bare root apple trees Fruit trees are great to grow yourself, providing you with plenty of harvests and delicious fruits. This short post will go through how you can successfully plant and grow bare root apple trees.

  • When removing the apple tree from the packet. you must be careful and ensure that the buds aren’t removed from the plant.
  • There may not be much root on your apple tree, but they don’t need much! Once you pop them in the ground, they make fibrous roots – these are the most important roots.
  • Dig up 1metre x 1metre in the ground for your apple tree, ensuring there is room for the apply tree roots to grow.
  • Plant it into this hole and firm it into the ground.
  • Remember to keep the ground clear around it, so that moisture can access the plant.
  • Any flowers that appear on your tree, it’s best to take these off so that the fruit can build up.

Next year, following the planting of your tree, you should see some fruit appearing. If you’d like to buy some Mr Fothergill’s apple trees, you can find them here on the website.

Let us know if you have any tips or tricks for planting apple or any fruit trees, either on the blog or our social media.

How to Plant & Grow Bare Root Apple Trees


How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns

March 9th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Young asparagus crowns growing in raised bedsAsparagus is a very satisfying vegetable to grow in your own garden. But it does take time & patience to grow. In this short post, we will guide you through planting Mr Fothergill’s asparagus. 

  • Take the asparagus crowns from the sealed bag.
  • Make a trench, it must be wide enough to spread the roots out and give them room to grow. The trench must also be about 20 cm deep.
  • Within the trench, you’ll need to create a small ridge so that the asparagus can sit on top of these. The roots can then spread down the side.
  • Fill the trench back in and firm it down. It’s that easy!

Asparagus can take another two years to get a full harvest – but it’s worth the wait! If you have any further tips on planting and growing asparagus crowns, then you can let us know on this blog or over on our social media. You can buy our asparagus crowns on Mr Fothergill’s website here.

How To Plant & Grow Asparagus Crowns


Get Growing Early Peas For Early Veg Crops [Video]

February 27th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Get growing early peasAre you eager to get your vegetable plot going by growing some early crops? Get growing some early peas and you will get a head start! 

  • You must select the correct type of pea varieties if you would like to start growing them early, they are often simply called “early” or “very early peas” and are hardier than the peas grown in the summer months.
  • It’s important to keep the germinating pea seeds warm and protected in a cold frame or green house to give them the best start.  They are hardy once established, but need some help to get going. You could also keep them inside on a bright windowsill but make sure they don’t grow too lush or too quickly, so keep them somewhere cool.
  • Starting early peas in guttering is a great way to get them off to a head start and is  good way to keep them safe from hungry mice who can sniff them out at a hundred yards!
  • Fill the sections of guttering half way with compost and then sow your seeds, cover over and then water thoroughly and checking that the sowings are moist.
  • When the seedlings reach 2-4 inches in height, you can plant them outside in the soil which must be rich and well drained, preferably in a sunny area of the garden.
  • Use the spare guttering as a template to create a furrow for the seedlings to be planted in.
  • Slide out the seedlings carefully into the furrows then water  to settle them in
  • It is important to ensure that the new plants are well supported with sticks or twigs for them to climb up and it is wise to use netting to protect the plants from hungry birds!

These are just a few tips to get early peas in the veg plot.  We have plenty of peas on our website – find our selection here. The video below has plenty more to help you out with keeping your peas growing. Let us know if you have any more tips on growing early crops.

Get Growing with Early Peas

3 Common Garden Planning Mistakes – How to Avoid Them

February 22nd, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Avoiding Mistakes - Garden AdviceWhen planning a vegetable garden, there are three common mistakes you can easily make; overcrowding, ignoring nature and planting everything at the same time. In this post we are here to help you avoid all these vegetable gardening mistakes, before it’s too late!

Overcrowding – every now and again, any gardener can succumb to the temptation to try to grow more in the space they have. This could be due to seed packets having generous quantities of seeds, tempting the need to raise more plants than required. To begin with, they may appear to be growing perfectly well, but as plants reach their full size, the problems will start. Each plant’s root system starts to compete with its neighbours’ roots for water and nutrients. These plants will then fail to mature properly, which in turn will end in a disappointing harvest.

How to avoid overcrowding: Using recommended plant spacing is a great first step to overcrowding. You’ll need to calculate how many can fit and how much space they’ll need for strong root growth. If you have poor soil, it’s good to leave a little more space between plants.

Ignoring nature – Pests & aphids will strike on your crops, so it’s best to prepare for this. Forward planning can ensure that Mother Nature is on your side.

How to avoid ‘ignoring nature’: Using companion planting is a great way to help with pests. This will attract beneficial insects; like hoverflies – when pests descend, these natural predators will keep them at bay. Your plants will thank you for this! You can also use netting or protection for your plants to keep certain pests away.

Planting everything at the same time – planting out all your tender crops at once is dangerous, especially if you’re struck by a sudden late frost.

How to avoid ‘planting everything at the same time’: Sow your seeds in small batches every 2 or 3 weeks.

Hopefully, these few tips have helped you in the early stages of your vegetable garden. If you need further advice, the video below has plenty more tips and tricks on planning your veg patch!

GrowVeg – 3 Common Garden Planning Mistakes (and how to avoid them)

3 Common Garden Planning Mistakes (and how to avoid them)