Grow your own fruit

I love to grow my own food as it is cheap, healthy, fresh and it gets me outside in the sunshine (not seen much of that recently!) What I especially like is to be able to go outside in the morning, have a look at what is ready to pick, then plan the evening meal…

Grow New Tomato Plants for Free!

I’m sure that anyone growing tomatoes will know that there are two main types of tomato plants – bush (determinate) tomatoes, and vine (indeterminate varieties). For those of you who are new to growing tomatoes, determinate varieties produce flowers at the end of each stem, whilst indeterminate ones produce flowers from the main stem. The…

Grow Your Own Salad Leaves!

It’s that glorious time of year when everything is bursting with life outside. The plants are covered in swelling buds, there are beautiful fresh new leaves on the trees and, at long last, the sun is warmer! This is the perfect time of year to sow salad crops as they will germinate very quickly. If…

Grow Herbs Now for Use Over Winter

September is a good time of year to grow your own herbs and create an indoor herb garden for use over winter. Herbs are easy to grow and if you’ve never tried before, have a go now! Herbs will thrive on a south facing windowsill, conservatory, well lit porch or heated greenhouse and they will…

Grow Your Own Fruit & Veg – Summer Update

July and August are an exciting time of year for those of us who like to grow and eat our own fruit and veg but there are a number of routine jobs to do during the summer months. Jobs to do in the kitchen garden: Water regularly! With a hot summer forecast and the odd…

Growing Food in Containers

It is not too late in the year to grow vegetables in pots, June is the perfect month as the temperature outside is warmer and the days are long and light. This year I am growing more vegetables in containers than ever before. I realized last year that growing veg in pots has lots of…

Grow your own herbs

I love to add herbs to my cooking and experiment with dozens of them. Herbs give so much flavour and transform even the blandest dish into a delicious feast! However, buying herbs in pre-packed cellophane bags from a supermarket is not a thrifty idea. Firstly, they are expensive to buy and secondly, a pack of…

Grow Your Own – On A Shoestring

Seed companies have recently reported that sales of vegetable seeds have rocketed over the past 12 months, which goes to show that more and more of us want to grow our own food, even if it is just a few herbs on the windowsill, or a couple of pots of tomatoes growing against a sunny…

Basil – How To Grow It and How To Use It!

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) must be one of the most popular herbs and it’s very easy to grow. How to Grow Basil from Seed I always grow basil from seed, rather than buying plants, as the seeds germinate very quickly and the plants grow huge! Last year I grew two pots of basil in my kitchen…