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6 Ingenious Ways to Reuse Your Plant Pots [video]

June 13th, 2017 | The flower garden, The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Salad - Reuse your Plant PotsAnyone who is into gardening will likely have a lot of little plastic pots stacked in their shed!  Plastic pots are perfect for reusing, and here are six ideas on how you can reuse your plant pots in ingenious ways. 

  • Tomato plants are always thirsty and when you plant tomatoes into the open ground, the water seems to just disappear. You can use plastic pots to make a water reservoir halo to help you concentrate the water towards the roots of the plant.  Simply cut off the bottom of the pot with a sharp knife or scissors, then push the pot  half way into the soil.   Plant the tomatoes into the bottom. Now when you water your tomatoes, the pot will help contain the water, ensuring it gradually soaks into the plant.
  • Use an empty plant pot to help transfer a plant into a larger container.  Before adding potting compost to your new container, place an empty pot that is the same size as the old plant pot into the middle of the new larger container. Then add compost into the gaps surrounding the plastic pot. Remove the pot, leaving a ready made hole for you to place your plant straight into its new home.
  • Plastic pots can also be used to created bug hotels. Fill the plastic pots with a variety of materials like bamboo, corrugated cardboard, hollow stems and twigs. then place this in a sheltered position for bugs to find.
  • Garden twine is always useful in the garden, but it can get tangled and make using it a nightmare. Plastic pots can come in handy here. Put the twine into a pot and feed the end through one of the drainage holes. Use Duck Tape on the open end of the pot to keep the twine enclosed.  You now have a handy twine dispenser for easy use in the garden!
  • Scrub your old pots clean and use them as the perfect opportunity to get creative. You can paint, cover and create designs on your old plant pots to brighten up the garden.
  • Larger plastic pots can be used to help with harvesting your vegetables.  Place your harvested vegetables into a pot, then blast them with a jet of water to wash them.  The water will then drain through the holes at the bottom leaving you with clean veg!

If you have any other inventive ways of using pots in your garden, then let us know about it in the comments below. 

6 Ingenious Ways to Reuse Your Plant Pots

6 Ingenious Ways to Reuse Your Plant Pots

How to Harvest, Store and Process Apples

October 10th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

picking and storing applesIf you’re lucky and have an apple tree in your garden, it’s likely to be filling with fruit. It’s important to make the most of this fruit. This post will share the best times to pick apples, as well as the best ways to store and preserve them.

Knowing when to harvest is vital. Apples are often ready when the skin colour deepens. Those situated at the sides and top of the tree ripen first as they receive more sunlight. Ripened fruit should easily come away from the tree, if windfalls affect your apple trees then you can use that as a sign to begin harvesting. A simple taste test is sometimes the best way to confirm if apples are ready for harvest!

Picking an apple is just as simple, lift up and give a gentle twist until the apple comes away. Each apple should detach completely with its stalk. Always handle apples carefully to avoid bruising their flesh.

Storing apples is the next step. You should only store mid or late-season apples. Early-season varieties don’t keep and are best eaten soon after picking. Mid-season varieties should keep for a few weeks and late season varieties will stay in good condition for anywhere up to 6 months.

Apples that you wish to store, cannot have blemishes or bruises as these could provide entry points for rot. Store apples on slatted trays that allow the air to circulate and make sure they are not touching. Various varieties will require varying storage times, so ensure you separate different varieties.

An ideal area to store apples is somewhere dark, well-ventilated and cool but also frost-free. Garages and sheds are ideal, basements and attics should be avoided.

These are just a few tips and tricks for picking and storing apples. For further advice on apples, you can watch the video below.

If you have any advice for picking and storing apples, be sure to leave them in the comments below.

GrowVeg – How to harvest, store and process apples

How to Harvest, Store and Process Apples

Growing Chard from Sowing to Harvest

September 28th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Growing chard - 'Vulcan' chardChard has many benefits – it looks lovely, it’s easy to grow and it’s extremely versatile when it comes to cooking. If you’re intrigued by chard then be sure to read this post. We offer tips on sowing, growing and enjoying a crop of chard. Read this post to discover how wonderful growing chard can be. 

  • Swish chard and perpetual spinach are very easy to grow, this makes them a great choice for beginner gardeners. If you’d like a no-fuss crop, then get started on these.
  • Chard has broad, thick steams which are available in a vibrant variety of colours; white, yellow and pink. Chard if great for brightening up the vegetable garden.
  • Both chard and perpetual spinach love sunny, open spaces in the garden. The soil for these crops should be moist and fertile, ensuring strong productivity.
  • Plants can stay in the same position for many months. Therefore you should ensure that no other crops require this space.
  • A week before sowing your chard seeds, scatter general purpose organic fertilizer. Following this, rake the soil to a fine tilth.
  • Sowing chard seeds can be done any time from spring to late summer. You can often squeeze in a quick late-season crop.
  • When you’re ready to sow, mark out seed drills with a trowel. They should be around an inch deep, with 16 inches between rows.
  • Sow larger seeds one by one, spacing them around 1-2 inches apart. Cover these with soil and water along the rows.

These tips will assist with the sowing process of chard. If you’d like to find out more about growing and harvesting chard, be sure to watch the instructional video below. Let us know if you have any tips for growing chard.

GrowVeg – Growing Chard from Sowing to Harvest

Growing Chard from Sowing to Harvest