Food Growing

Money saving tips for growers

Money saving tips for growers

As soon as you start growing your own food you are on the way to saving lots of money, but here are some money saving tips for growers to help you grow efficiently and successfully.

Things to do in the garden in June

Things to do in the garden in June

June is a great time for food growers in the UK. The weather is warm and the days are long. Lots of things to do in the garden in June!

Living with rabbits – Food plants that rabbits don’t like

Living with rabbits – Food plants that rabbits don’t like

For every problem there are solutions and I have found that a good way to avoid a lot of stress and disappointment when rabbits live nearby is to focus on growing food plants that rabbits don't like eating. Different garden environments have different challenges. Some...

Protect from late frosts in May – Things to do in the garden

Protect from late frosts in May – Things to do in the garden

Even in late Spring there is still a risk of frosts, so keep an eye on your local weather forecast for any days when temperatures are likely to drop below 0ºC (32ºF). Spring frost can damage tender young growth and blossom so it’s a good idea to be prepared to protect...

Control weeds – Things to do in the garden in April and May

Control weeds – Things to do in the garden in April and May

Weeds spring up with with a vengeance in April and May and it is really important to control weeds now to ensure they don't go to seed when they will spread all over the place and to weaken them and stop them establishing themselves with long deep roots. A Weed is...

Simple way to convert your lawn into food growing beds

Simple way to convert your lawn into food growing beds

Convert your lawn into food growing beds to take the strain off our farmers and supermarkets. You don’t have to convert your lawn entirely and you can easily grow it back if you want to in the future, but let’s prioritise growing food over growing grass. Increased and...

Edible Weeds: Enjoy wild food in April and May

Edible Weeds: Enjoy wild food in April and May

Many of our common weeds are perfectly edible and highly nutritious. Early spring is the best time to be eating these edible weeds, when they are at their most tender. A Weed is just a plant growing somewhere we don’t want it to. Weeds could also be defined as plants...

Recipes

Recipe for Rhubarb Crumble –  Simple seasonal recipe

Recipe for Rhubarb Crumble – Simple seasonal recipe

Here is a really simple seasonal recipe for Rhubarb Crumble. Rhubarb is a hardy perennial that is so easy to grow year after year and there is a long harvest between April and August. Everyone should have a rhubarb patch! And everyone should have a recipe for Rhubarb Crumble and Rhubarb Jam!!

Dandelion Honey Recipe – Make your own honey using dandelions

Dandelion Honey Recipe – Make your own honey using dandelions

Here is a very simple dandelion honey recipe that I use every spring. Technically it is dandelion syrup as there are no bees involved to make the honey, but it does taste and look a lot like regular honey. This dandelion honey recipe is so quick, easy and cheap and if...

Garden Syrup Recipe – Capture summer scents and flavours

Garden Syrup Recipe – Capture summer scents and flavours

Here is a very simple garden syrup recipe that you can adapt to your taste and use to make the most of whatever crops you have in abundance. This garden syrup recipe is hardly even a recipe. Just your favourite flowers/fruits/herbs with  sugar and water. But syrup...

Cleavers Tea – Tasty, cleansing and free

Cleavers Tea – Tasty, cleansing and free

Cleavers Tea is a great drink that is not only abundantly and freely available during spring and summer, but also very nice tasting and extremely healthy. Why not give it a try? Cleavers is a common weed also known as sticky willow/sticky...

Recipe for Rhubarb Jam – Simple seasonal low sugar recipe

Recipe for Rhubarb Jam – Simple seasonal low sugar recipe

Here is a really simple and relatively low-in-sugar recipe for rhubarb jam. Rhubarb is so easy to grow year after year. With a reasonably sized rhubarb patch you can make enough rhubarb jam to get you through the year if you are organised and make lots of pots in...

Recipe for Elderflower Cordial – Seasonal recipes for June

Recipe for Elderflower Cordial – Seasonal recipes for June

Here is a simple seasonal recipe for Elderflower Cordial. If you have never tried Elderflower cordial before, it is a super refreshing summer drink with an interesting and mature flavour that you will never tire of!   Recipe for Elderflower Cordial: Ingredients...

How to make your own Oat Milk – Cheap, quick and easy

How to make your own Oat Milk – Cheap, quick and easy

Oat Milk is low in fat, nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. It’s dead easy to make your own, costs pennies, and no more cartons!   Here's how to make your own Oat Milk:   Ingredients: ½...

Nutrition

Grow Nuts! Nuts you can grow in the UK and why they are so good for you

Grow Nuts! Nuts you can grow in the UK and why they are so good for you

Nuts are wonderful sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and there are some great nuts we can grow in the UK. They make tasty, ready-to-go snacks, are used in spreads, plant milks, cheeses and ice cream, and can be incorporated into both sweet and savoury dishes.

Plants that are high in Vitamin C – Grow your own Vitamin C

Plants that are high in Vitamin C – Grow your own Vitamin C

Vitamin C is vital for the immune system, to protect cells and keep them healthy, for maintaining healthy skin, heart, blood vessels, bones and cartilage and for helping with wound healing. Here is a list of plants that are high in Vitamin C. There are many plants...

Plants that are high in calcium – Grow your own calcium

Plants that are high in calcium – Grow your own calcium

Calcium is vital for strong bones and teeth, regulating muscle contractions including heartbeat, and making sure blood clots normally. Calcium is not only found in dairy products, there are many great sources of calcium that we can grow ourselves. Here is a list of...

Plants that are high in protein – Grow your own Protein

Plants that are high in protein – Grow your own Protein

Protein is essential for growth and repair of the body and provides us with energy. Protein is not only found in animal products, there are many great sources of protein that we can grow ourselves. Here is a list of plants that are high in protein. Protein is present...

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First wee haul of veg from the garden for tonight's dinner...nae bad! ... See MoreSee Less

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First wee haul of veg from the garden for tonights dinner...nae bad!

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Looks great Ailsa 🙂

That’s a pretty good haul I’d say

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Woohoo! Peppers are on their way! :)

Wee tip for when you are removing side shoots from tomatoes. Sometimes the stem branches and it's not obvious which is the main stem. Look for the inflorescence (bunch of flowers) - stem on the right here. Keep this branch and remove the other one. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wee tip for when you are removing side shoots from tomatoes. Sometimes the stem branches and its not obvious which is the main stem. Look for the inflorescence (bunch of flowers) - stem on the right here. Keep this branch and remove the other one.

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Thankyou!

Great tip! Thanks

Oooo, good top tip 😊

Thanks Alan 🙂

Fantastic! I’ve been kicking myself for not knowing how to deal with these and so have ended up leaving them to it....not good for my OCD😜

Bryan Jones

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Hi All! I'm a new gardener in Glasgow having just started my own vegetable garden 3 months ago 😊 I wanted to share my first real harvest from my garden! And the resulting meal which I found a great way to use eight ball courgettes. They were stuffed with spring onion, chard, runner beans, breadcrumbs, cheese, capers and egg. Thanks to everyone for all the inspirational garden photos and advice! 😁❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi All! Im a new gardener in Glasgow having just started my own vegetable garden 3 months ago 😊 I wanted to share my first real harvest from my garden! And the resulting meal which I found a great way to use eight ball courgettes. They were stuffed with spring onion, chard, runner beans, breadcrumbs, cheese, capers and egg. Thanks to everyone for all the inspirational garden photos and advice! 😁❤️

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That's a vibrant harvest and love the idea with the courgette stuffing.. Enjoy.

Looks amazing! I’m a novice Glasgow gardener too! 🙋🏼‍♀️

Well done you! Looks fab

Tremendous!

Looks brilliant 💚

Well done Kimberley! Great to hear you have enjoyed your first year food growing. Really good looking harvest. Next year you'll get even more. Good looking beets

Well done Kimberley Super star xxx

3 months!! Thats amazing, well done.

brilliant!!

Excellent well done

Beautiful harvest. It's an amazing feeling to learn to feed yourself. True freedom. X

I'm going to share my photos. I'm a new food grower too.

I'm an old food grower and you've done a lot better then me this year! Weel done!

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If you didn't order any seeds please don't use them - no matter how OK they look.STOP PRESS - UPDATE ON SEED SCAM

Recipients of unsolicited packets of seeds from Singapore or China are urged to email: info@sasa.gov.scot (note change of email address)

Unsolicited packets of seeds are being linked to a scam which could seriously threaten plant health.

The Union is warning anyone who has received packets of seeds, usually from China, which they did not order to not plant or compost them as they may contain plant pests or diseases which could put our homegrown plants and environment at risk.

The official advice from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is that if you have received seeds by post that you didn't order please email details to: info@sasa.gov.scot

For more information go to www.nfus.org.uk/news/news/scottish-public-urged-to-buy-plants-and-seeds-from-trusted-suppliers
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If you didnt order any seeds please dont use them - no matter how OK they look.

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Why would anyone want to do that?

Gods sake

I got this in the post the other day!

Geez. The worlds gone nuts! Why?

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Capillary matting for plant watering system..free to collect from Peebles CAN garden..

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Silly question - but how does this matting work as part of a watering system?

We would take this please. Where's the Peebles can garden? Is it by the courthouse? Thanks.

Hi..the capillary matting has gone ..thanks for your interest

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Can anyone confirm whether this is a blueberry bush? Noticed it on a walk today and was tempted to pick some off but didnt want to poison myself 🤣

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Sloes most likely

Get any close ups?

Yeah looks like blackthorn bush (sloe berrys)

Damsons or wild plums... sloes will still be green and smaller... but I’m in Scotland and sloe don’t ripen until October... thorns on branch’s are sloe... no thorns damsons... need better photo to say for sure...

I’d say damsons, looks like my tree. Good for making gin!!

Looks like a blackthorn with sloes to me 🙂

Damsons, not sure sloes would be that colour yet, with or without prickles will determine it x

What we really want to know is where is it.

sloes from blackthorn

Stuart Grant

Have a nibble lol

the only time I've seen sloes is in Wales and they would be blue by now but much smaller

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GROWN TOO MUCH?

WE CAN TAKE YOUR HOME GROWN SURPLUS!

You can donate your veg & fruit @
Park Lane Centre, Woodside, TF75QZ 8.45 - 12.30 Monday - Saturday

Thank you 🥰
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Can I ask you guys why garlic does this, has it been in the ground too long?

Howdy Folks, coming at ya from Crops NOT shops community food growing program,

We are reaching out everywhere for donations for preferably heirloom seeds (2020 - 2018) though all seeds from home grown fruits and vegetables (2019) or just left over , we desperately need to increase our growing volume to meet demands of the program, and as this is an RBE Network project we rely wholly on donations.

If you have any contacts with local garden centres or seed suppliers in your area, please be so kind and make the request there too for donations,

Please be so kind and check if you have surplus seeds that can be donated to the project and let us know, any number of seeds is welcome, large or small.

The only seeds we are avoiding are seeds from China received not not ordered - which are suspect.

If able to donate, please drop a comment on the below and i will be in touch for the sending address

If Heirloom, Please mark on the packet when sending in , Many Thanks and blessings.
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what country are you asking for seeds from?

I have spare Rosakrone peas (heirloom) that you would be welcome to.

am guessing you are members of the HDRA, but I think that's now Garden Organic? They offer out heirloom seeds at the beginning of each year. You may want to give them a call (o24 7630 3517 - they are lovely) and ask them how you might be able to help each other. I'd be surprised if they don't want to work with you, but if not, as a member I can ask for some seeds from their heirloom network - though I think that's in the spring.

I would contact the seed companies directly eg Seeds of Italy, I'm sure they would help with older seeds.

Andie's avocados germinating in water, transfer to soil when shoots established, no artificial lighting needed, suspend on cocktail sticks with base in water top out if water, time varies, they get proper black and dirty before you see action, give them time... ... See MoreSee Less

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Andies avocados germinating in water, transfer to soil when shoots established, no artificial lighting needed, suspend on cocktail sticks with base in water top out if water, time varies, they get proper black and dirty before you see action, give them time...

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Mine has been in cocktail sticks for 2 weeks, but no sign of roots!

I heard they will never fruit in this country? I have 3 plants at the moment

used to grow them as a kid, but never managed fruit. Have you ever got them fruiting in the greenhouse?

My folks just planted their seed without the faff of coctail sticks etc and they have a beautiful plant now. Not fruited yet though, but healthy plant 😊

I'm super delighted with our lockdown garden project 😍 That small piece is giving us a really nice amount of food... maybe not enough to be self sufficient and survive the winter but good enough so we don't have to buy veggies from the shops at the moment 😁 I have also put together six extra raised beds yesterday... 3 for perennials like horseradish, rhubarb, asparagus etc and the in the other 3 will plant broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage for Autumn 🥦😉 ... See MoreSee Less

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Im super delighted with our lockdown garden project 😍 That small piece is giving us a really nice amount of food... maybe not enough to be self sufficient and survive the winter but good enough so we dont have to buy veggies from the shops at the moment 😁 I have also put together six extra raised beds yesterday... 3 for perennials like horseradish, rhubarb, asparagus etc and the in the other 3 will plant broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage for Autumn 🥦😉

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Louise Swindells!!!!!

Kudos

looking really good Sandra 🙂 have you had any pest problems? I notice the rabbit fencing

Looks amazing. Out of interest what did you fill the beds with and what was the cost?

Looks great but would keep horseradish in a big pot/ tyres as it will go everywhere!

Looks brilliant!

Very nicely organised. Oh to have that much space!

I love the drawer bed, it's my favourite! May I ask where or how you get wood for the other beds? Your garden looks beautiful x

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Harvesting our potatoes, never seen my kids so excited 😂😂😂
They didn't do as well as I'd hoped but first time growing them 😊
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Harvesting our potatoes, never seen my kids so excited 😂😂😂
They didnt do as well as Id hoped but first time growing them 😊

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Better than Christmas! 🙂

Megan Amy this is what you look like harvesting the taters!

Digging tatties was my fave gardening job as a child and still is!! SO exciting! 😁

Love seeing the kids involved! Thanks for sharing your pics

They look good to me.

Well done they look so tasty And the wee ones look so happy xx

boiled garden tatties, butter and spring onions mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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