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This ebook is for vegetable gardeners and nature-lovers all over the place. it's a 'grow your individual' handbook, a recipe ebook, and a shop of attention-grabbing observations approximately ordinary heritage within the backyard. the writer writes a deeply own account of the altering 12 months in keeping with his first-hand event and a true affection for his matters and locality. visiting week-by-week during the vegetable and fruit starting to be calendar, this mixture of useful recommendation, humour and data on and round the plot satisfies armchair gardeners and full-on nature fanatics alike. concept upsetting, inspiring - sometimes demanding - it is a publication that may be taken to mattress as an end-of-day muse; or get dogeared and soiled as a vital reduction to cultivating and cooking home-grown nutrition.
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Each of these plants looks fresh and vibrant, sporting lush crowns of silvery-green leaves. Planting Figs Late March or April is an ideal time for planting fig trees. Dirty Nails has been doing just that this week, although for maximum fruit production it is not quite so simple as plonking a healthy young specimen in the soil and watering. If planted like that, figs are apt to throw out considerable growth of limbs and leaves but not a lot in the way of fruit. To concentrate the tree’s energy into reproducing (fruiting), it is essential to restrict the root-run.
This encourages further growth and more underground tuber production in the process. These developing spuds need to be kept free from exposure to light, and earthing up does this job too. A draw (swan-necked) hoe is used to push and drag mounded soil from either side snugly around the haulms. Earthing up is an ongoing job as potatoes grow fast, and his Second Early Kestrel spuds will also need it done in the next day or two. Dirty Nails enjoys the look of freshly earthed-up tatties. Over the summer, his potato plot changes shape completely.
Tomatoes like similar treatment. Although widely available for potting on at markets, Dirty Nails always grows his own from seed. There are loads of varieties. Two of his favourites are Gardener’s Delight and Britain’s Breakfast. The former produces long trusses of sweet cherry tomatoes. The latter grows larger, juicy fruits which are fabulous sliced and fried for the first meal of the day. Kept warm, seedlings will emerge within a fortnight. Peppers and tomatoes crop well in a greenhouse and Dirty Nails will pot his seedlings up in due course into grow bags.
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