Posts Tagged ‘gardening’

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

Choosing A Good Location For Vegetable Beds [Video]

February 13th, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Choosing a location for your new vegetable beds

When expanding a vegetable garden, or even building one entirely from scratch, it is vital to ensure that the location for your vegetable beds is chosen carefully. If you just build your beds without consideration to location, you may end up with a failed garden. So, here is a video guiding you through choosing a good location for vegetable beds in your garden.

  • Most vegetables need as much sun as possible, an open site with a south facing aspect with no overshadowing by walls, trees or hedges is perfect.
  • In contrast, there are many vegetables that may need to stay cool in hot climates such as spinach or lettuce that can bolt in hot sunshine. And so if you have shady areas, putting these sort of crops in the shade or under shade cloches will assist in keeping the plants cool.
  • Solid walls and fences can be used to good effect to shelter plants from any turbulent weather your garden may experience.
  • Soil must be moist to enable the plants to thrive… but soil must also be well drained so it doesn’t get water logged.  So, for instance if you live in a new build the quality of the soil may be very poor near to the foundations of your house meaning choosing a location further away from the building will help.
  • Frost pockets are usually collected at the lowest part of the garden.  Avoid planting in these areas as it can reduce the range of plants you can plant there which will remove whole areas of your garden from the crop rotation plan.

These are just a few tips that can assist with locating new vegetable beds, there are plenty of other aspects to consider and these can be found on the video below. Have you got any tips on choosing a good location for vegetable beds? Share them with us and help some new gardeners out!

Choosing A Good Location For Vegetable Beds [Video]

How to Make a Compost Bin from Pallets [video]

January 12th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Compost bin from old palletsInstead of buying a compost bin, why not get creative and make your own compost bin from pallets? This post and instructional video will teach you how to use old wooden pallets to make your own, to help you grow your own. 

If you’ve been left with lots of plant debris, then a compost heap can be the perfect solution. Turning your garden waste into composts will give you some great soil-nourishment for free.  By creating a compost bin from pallets you can make a contained area for your compost ensuring the garden still looks tidy and attractive.

What you need:

  • Four wooden pallets (ideally matching sizes)
  • Four corner brackets
  • Box of screws
  • Drill & screwdriver
  • Four hinges
  • Two pairs of hook-and-eye latches
  • Saw

What to do:

  1. Assemble the walls. Ensure all the pallets are the same size, if not use your saw to cut them down to the same width.
  2. Begin joining three of the pallets together to create the back and sides. Stand them up, lean them against each other and screw them together to hold them in place. The two side walls should be flush with the width of the rear wall.
  3. Now use the corner brackets. Simply screw two brackets to each corner, one at the top & one at the bottom. Use as many screws as you need to firmly attach the pallets into position.
  4. The fourth pallet is used to make the two doors. Cut the pallet into two about halfway up.
  5. Use two hinges per door, attaching the hinges on the outside. Set the bottom door slightly off the ground to stop it from catching.
  6. Leave a slight gap between the bottom and top doors.
  7. Finally, you must attach the hook and latches. Screw them into place towards the top of each door.
  8. You can include an outside wrap of chicken wire of netting. This stops contents escaping the bin. Attach wire with U-shaped nails or a staple gun.

There you have it! A new compost bin. If you have any further composting tips then please share them with us. Be sure to watch the video below for further details on how to create this great compost bin.

5 Golden Rules of Garden Planning [video]

January 9th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

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When the growing season begins, it’s exciting to be able to get a new start in your plot. It’s important to take some time to  plan what you are going to grow before you begin.  Spending some time with pen and paper and plotting out your plans will make it easier in the garden as you progress through the growing year. So here are some garden planning tips useful for people new to vegetable gardening and allotmenteering, and old horti pros alike.

  • Choosing the perfect location to start growing a veg plot is important. Most vegetables prefer full sun, but if you have no sunny spots available in your garden then research the crops you could grow that prefer shade, or that at least will thrive in the shade.
  • Good soil is the key to better growth. Ideally your ground should be fertile and moisture retentive, but also well drained.  We aren’t all blessed with perfect growing conditions though, and so watch the video for some methods for improving your soil for crop growing.
  • Always grow vegetables and fruit that you like!  It is no use growing lots and lots of a particular crop just because they are easy to grow. Concentrate on the fruit and vegetables you enjoy eating the most; this will motivate you to grow more and see you through the season.
  • Make the most of any space you have, use pots and containers to use space effectively in smaller areas.
  • Stagger your harvests with succession sowing.  Sowing a little and often will allow you to have a range of crops throughout much of the year rather than gluts all at one time.

These are just a few tips for garden planning. The video below shares with you the five golden rules of garden planning.

 5 Golden Rules of Garden Planning

Be sure to check out our garden equipment here, choosing just a few bits of extra garden kit will help you with make the most of the garden space you have.

Mr Fothergill’s is full of beans as we celebrate them in 2017

October 21st, 2016 | News | 0 Comments

Celebrate beans Mr Fothergill’s 2017 seed catalogue features several new bean varieties, as we support the pan-European Year of the Bean initiative in the hope of encouraging gardeners to grow more of these tasty vegetables in 2017. Exclusive new runner bean Aurora is unique in being both pink flowered and producing self-setting pods. It is British-bred and produces an abundant crop of usually stringless, succulent pods whether conditions are cool or hot and dry in our unpredictable summers. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.35.

Broad bean Eleonora is offered as organic seed. These beans, often five per pod, are both juicy and very tasty, and are recommended by all staff who have taken home pods grown on our Newmarket trial ground. Fast growing and not too tall, Eleonora is a good choice for windy sites. A packet of 45 seeds cost £3.35. Reintroduced dwarf bean Coco Noir Starazagorski can be eaten young as sliced green beans or left to mature and the black beans shelled as haricots. Ten seeds cost £3.35.

Celebrate beansThree other new and exclusive beans are offered both via mail order and from retail stockists of Mr Fothergill’s throughout the UK. Exclusive runner bean Guinness Record could be well-named. This exhibition-quality runner bean produces large crops of very long, smooth, tasty, slender pods up to 45cm (18in) from July to October. The vigorous, red-flowered plants are resistant to all bean viruses. A packet of 45 seeds costs £3.25.

Runner Bean Snowdrift is a white-flowered variety specially bred to yield large crops of succulent beans. White-flowered beans are often less prone to bird attack than scarlet-flowered ones. Pods set reliably in cold or hot and dry conditions, helping to ensure a good harvest. A packet of 40 seeds of Snowdrift costs £3.25. Also exclusively from Mr Fothergill’s comes pencil-podded climbing bean Python. Its uniform, succulent pods, up to 15cm (6in) long, are produced abundantly through a long summer cropping season and into autumn. A packet of 50 seeds costs £3.25.

For more information on Mr Fothergill’s range, or to request a catalogue please visit the Mr Fothergills site.