Patio Potatoes

One of our readers experimented this year by growing potatoes in a tub on the patio.  At the end of August, after the stalks had died back, he emptied out about 8Kg of tubers. Earlier in the year, four seed potatoes were planted at the base of a 20 litre pot Gradually adding compost as … [Read more...]



Mini Orchards

Autumn is the time of year when we should thinking about ordering and planting new fruit trees for next year. Advances in grafting techniques mean that an ever increasing range of varieties are now available as smaller trees. Here is a list of things you need to consider when planning fruit … [Read more...]



Vegetables out in front

A resident of a Cumbrian village has been brave enough to buck the British trend by turning his front lawn into a fruit and vegetable garden. The british front garden has always been something of an extension of the front room, kept clean and tidy, embellished with ornaments and only ever … [Read more...]



Bumbles in the Orchard

Bumble Bees play a vital role in the early fruit garden with apples, pears cherries and raspberries relying on these creatures for pollination. … [Read more...]



Turnips Making a Comeback

    A recent article in the Guardian would suggest that the humble turnip or (Neep / Stumshie) as it is known in Scotland is staging a comeback. … [Read more...]