Indoor home growing in the UK is sadly undervalued and largely unexplored. But it is a vital factor in us becoming more self sufficient and growing our own food all year round.
Spring is in sight! And there are lots of excuses to get back into the garden in February. Good winter preparation is really important for growing loads of wonderful fruit, veg and herbs. Let’s take a look at things to do in the garden in February…
‘Chitting potatoes’ means leaving your seed potatoes to sprout in a cool (frost-free) place with lots of light. February is a good time to do this in preparation for planting outdoors in March and April.
Now is a good time to get our vegetable beds prepared. Soil quality is the key factor in growing great produce so we need to be thinking about incorporating lots of organic matter and how best to manage weeds.
Any donations of spare soft fruit bushes would be greatly appreciated for our Peebles and Waterheads community gardens. We will put them to great use!
We have just planted 420 edible native trees (Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Dog Rose, Hazel, Rowan) very generously supplied by The Woodland Trust.
Here is a nice reminder of all the great vegetables we grew in our Peebles community garden this year completely for free.
Do you have a garden that you don’t have time to grow fruit and veg in? Are you keen to grow fruit and veg but don’t have a garden or allotment?
We harvested a lot of great veg from our Peebles garden in its first season. Now the beds have been covered with cardboard and paths seeded with grass.
Spring Cabbage is one of the first crops we can enjoy in the spring. But we have to be organised by planting now in the autumn.
Autumn is a good time to divide established rhubarb to propagate new identical plants for other parts of your garden or to share with neighbours.
Late autumn to early winter is the best time to plant out garlic and it is dead easy to do! Read this post to find out how.
Food Community Facebook Groups are ideal platforms to swap and share homegrown food. This is a great way to use up surpluses and access produce you haven’t been able to grow. We also have convenient drop-off locations to make swapping easier.
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