How to grow your own veg: a beginner’s guide

Fancy home-grown carrots, chard, coriander or cabbage? This is all you need to know

First, write down which fruit, veg and herbs you love to eat, then cross off those less likely to crop in the UK (bananas and avocados, say). If space is at a premium, don’t grow inexpensive staples such as jacket spuds, peas or onions. Instead, go for favourites that don’t store well, are hard to come by or are best eaten minutes after harvesting: new potatoes, baby carrots, sweetcorn, pak choi, yellow courgettes, garlic chives and edible flowers.

Related: Gardens: the joy of daffodils

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The best climbers for shade | Alys Fowler

Our gardening expert on how she quickly improved the view from her washing-up bowl

I have been washing up looking out on a wooden fence for over 10 years. Once, I tried to rectify this with hanging pot holders – but it was a sad attempt. Most of the path runs down the side return, so it is north-west facing, but it’s also sliced between two buildings so it’s light. It’s very much a shaft, but it’s a warm, sheltered one.

Last year, I had an inspired moment with a wrecking bar and chisel, and liberated pockets of the patio below to find rich, dark earth. If you want to hide your sins, the quickest solution would be a virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia. The variety ‘Guy’s Garnet’ from Crûg Farm Plants in Wales turns a statement postbox red in autumn, even in deep shade.

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Why balcony gardeners shouldn’t be afraid of shrubs – Telegraph.co.uk


Telegraph.co.uk

Why balcony gardeners shouldn't be afraid of shrubs
Telegraph.co.uk
When I was first bandying around names for this column, someone suggested “I Don't Want No Shrubs”. As history would attest, we never did get around to naming the column. But I Don't Want No Shrubs, while unruly, appealed. It combined three of my

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Organic gardening 101: Feed the soil and not the plant – The Daily Herald


The Daily Herald

Organic gardening 101: Feed the soil and not the plant
The Daily Herald
Her research validated a lot of the beliefs about the intricate relationships and benefits of soil microorganisms, and helped to further the practice of organic gardening and farming. (Check out www.soilfoodweb.com.) In the last two decades, the

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Gardening: How to help newly planted trees get a jump on growing – LA Daily News


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Gardening: How to help newly planted trees get a jump on growing
LA Daily News
All of the three tree cocoons mentioned above utilize mycorrhizae as a growth supplement. Mycorrhizae are fungal organisms that live in symbiosis with plant roots. Mycorrhizae not only make certain minerals more available for root uptake, but increase

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Gardening: Force trees, shrubs to bring on spring – The Providence Journal


The Providence Journal

Gardening: Force trees, shrubs to bring on spring
The Providence Journal
Since we are having an extended winter this year, forcing blossoms is important to my sanity. Stems of spring-blooming shrubs put in a vase with water will bloom earlier inside than they would outside — and I'm ready for blossoms. I recently got a new

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On Gardening: Removing elements to improve your landscape – Santa Cruz Sentinel


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On Gardening: Removing elements to improve your landscape
Santa Cruz Sentinel
The annual landscape review, which was our recent focus, amounts to keeping, improving or removing elements of the landscape. We suggested an approach to review categories of the landscape elements: hardscape, larger plants, smaller plants, and special
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Gardening with Allen: Plant hardy varieties now, wait a while on tender veggies, flowers – The Columbian


The Columbian

Gardening with Allen: Plant hardy varieties now, wait a while on tender veggies, flowers
The Columbian
I would like to get my vegetables and flowers planted early. Is it safe to plant them now? What about trees, fruits and shrubs? It is safe to plant all trees, shrubs and vines now. These and other perennial plants that live over from year to year are
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Our wildlife can be saved – but only with political will | Letters

Readers respond to Michael McCarthy’s article about the devastation caused by modern farming to insects and birds

Michael McCarthy is quite wrong when he says most people are unaware of the destruction of Britain’s wildlife (We’ve lost half our wildlife. But the damage can be reversed, 26 March). Even if you never visit the countryside, if you have any kind of garden you will be painfully aware of it. Twenty years ago my bird feeder nearly always had numerous birds on it (eight at a time was the record, I seem to remember). Now the peanuts wither and go black in the feeder. Then, we had many species; now, one pair of blackbirds, one pair of robins and a couple of greedy pigeons. Twenty years ago I saw a mother hedgehog parading through the garden trailing several babies. Now, I haven’t seen a hedgehog for at least a decade.

Up until a couple of years ago the frogs in my garden pond had their riotous mating ceremony around St Valentine’s Day, followed quickly by masses of spawn and then by innumerable tadpoles. Now the date has become variable but results in very little spawn, which after a couple of weeks collapses into featureless slime. The number of pond species has steeply declined and if you put (say) daphnia into a jar of pondwater, they all die instantly. The problem is, what do I do about it apart from writing letters to the Guardian? The government is quite obviously either totally uninterested or completely in the grip of the big chemical firms and the farming lobby. I am delighted to be told that the problem is reversible, and I’m sure it is, but not without a political revolution, of which I see absolutely no sign.
Jeremy Cushing
Exeter

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Cuidados de la Deutzia

El nombre de este género proviene del botánico Johaner Deutz y comprende aproximadamente 50 especies, originario de China y Japón. Cuenta con numerosos brotes o ramas secundarias, erguidas o planas y una floración muy abundante que ocurre durante la primavera. Las flores se agrupan en espigas o racimos y pueden ser simples o dobles. Además, […] JARDINERO SOTOGRANDE JARDINERÍA SOTOGRANDE

Field to fork: Gardening, your most local produce – Davis Enterprise


Davis Enterprise

Field to fork: Gardening, your most local produce
Davis Enterprise
I've been profiling those who grow and sell food sourced in our region, but there are those who go one step further. They grow their own. From time to time in the future, I'll look in on some serious gardeners in our fair city. Perhaps you'll get the

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It’s been a bumper year for tits, Big Garden Birdwatch results show

The mild winter was followed by a good breeding season, boosting garden sightings of finches and tits

Finches and tits have enjoyed a golden year, according to the results of this year’s RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch.

These small bird species suffer particularly badly in cold weather but in the past year benefited from a mild start to the winter that followed a good breeding season. Blackbird sightings in gardens were down – the result of plentiful food elsewhere – but a dearth of robins followed a poor nesting season.

1. House sparrow

Related: The sweet song of goldfinch success

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New Castle County Extension to hold April gardening programs – Middletown Transcript

New Castle County Extension to hold April gardening programs
Middletown Transcript
The University of Delaware College of Agricultural and Natural Resources New Castle County Cooperative Extension will hold various gardeners programs during April. Workshops will be held at the NCC Cooperative Extension office, 461 Wyoming Road, Newark

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Down with grassy urban wastelands | Letters

Wiebena Heesterman turns down the offer of a perfect weed-free, insect-free lawn

Recently, a lawn treatment firm dropped an offer through the letterbox to provide us with “a lawn to be proud of.” It would be lush and green, and without any weeds. This might be accomplished by means of a hefty dose of weedkiller and possibly a battery of pesticides. No, I would not be proud of a lifeless, boring expanse of green without any March violets, daisies or dandelions. I want to hear bees buzzing, see butterflies fluttering and hear birds twittering when they are busy building nests. Their chicks need to eat insects, but the lush, green lawn does not harbour any. With thousands of gardens being denuded of wildlife, biodiversity is being lost from the urban environment as well as the countryside (We’ve lost half our wildlife, 26 March). Please, people with gardens, or even those who have just a balcony with a few flower pots, help us to make our world beautiful and alive again and get some bee-friendly plants that have not undergone any pesticide treatment.
Wiebina Heesterman
Birmingham

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Save Your Soul: Start Gardening | CT Women | Christianity Today – ChristianityToday.com


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Save Your Soul: Start Gardening | CT Women | Christianity Today
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We live in a cultural moment defined by divisiveness and chaos. Every day there is something new to be afraid of, something to fix or to save. School shootings, economic instability, and political upheaval all engender feelings of powerlessness and

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Move over, Titchmarsh: Why 19 year-old YouTuber Huw Richards is the future of gardening – The Guardian


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Move over, Titchmarsh: Why 19 year-old YouTuber Huw Richards is the future of gardening
The Guardian
His family runs an 11-acre smallholding that has chickens, pigs, ducks and sheep, and grow their own produce. He posted his first video at 12, “when I was bored after school” and had seen his friend get 200 views from a gaming video. Does he get as
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Gardening in Almonte: Ed spills the beans!Millstone News
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Move over, Titchmarsh: Why 19 year-old YouTuber Huw Richards is … – The Guardian


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Move over, Titchmarsh: Why 19 year-old YouTuber Huw Richards is …
The Guardian
There's a new kid in the herbaceous border and he's an online horticultural sensation.
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Ex-public head runs popular gardening YouTube channel …Daily Mail
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