11.What about some fabulous fruit? #DigYourOwnaForCorona

So we’ve got our salad crops on the go and plans in place for that warming winter veg, all we need now is some home-grown fruit for delicious summer puds, jams and jellies, with some left over to stock up the freezer. There’s such a range of varieties now to suit any size of garden, terrace or even balcony but which are the best to grow and how should you go about it? You’ve got Laura again today, I clearly passed muster on the winter veg front so Elaine has let me loose on summer fruits. It’s a huge...

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10. Today it’s chard, spinach and kale – #DigYourOwnaForCorona

Let’s turn now to some lovely leafy veg! Swiss chard, kale and spinach leaves are delicious and full of vitamins, whether cooked/steamed for stir-fries and the like, or eaten in salads when very young and fresh.  You can sow seeds of kale and chard throughout the spring and summer, and with a bit of protection, late-sown seedlings may even keep producing leaves for you through the winter – if you can keep the pesky birds off them! Easy and attractive in pots, window-boxes and the flower-garden as well as in the veg plot, they are definitely worth having a go at! 1....

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9. Winter Veg: Why you need a PLAN – #DigYourOwnaForCorona

Looks like we might all be in this for the long haul so let’s fast forward to next winter; warming vegetable soups, vitamin packed green leaf smoothies, crunchy homemade coleslaw and parmesan encrusted roast parsnips with your Sunday lunch. It may seem a world away but actually right now is the time to get cracking on the winter veg front. Having covered all the sexy summer salad-y stuff Elaine has reluctantly handed over the Growbag reins to me, stalwart middle sister Laura, as she knows that my farmer husband Tim is a dab hand at winter essentials like sprouts,...

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8. Courgettes and Squashes #DigYourOwnaForCorona

Courgettes and squashes are really good fun to grow if you have more than a shoebox of space. Apart from anything else, I love getting so much PLANT from one seed! They are generally easy – even my horticulturally challenged little sister Caroline had roaring success with butternut squash last year! And just a couple of courgette plants will provide enough sweet small courgettes for most families, I reckon. Let’s get started…….. 1.Types to Grow There are dozens of varieties of both courgettes and squashes available. ‘Defender F1’* is a very well-known and reliable variety of courgette – it...

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