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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7. Salad Crops #DigYourOwnaForCorona

You can grow a marvellous range of salad plants with very little difficulty. They’re the perfect thing to grow as a ‘cut-and-come-again’ crop – the idea is that you sow a few seeds every few days or so, you snip off leaves as you want them when they’re young, small and fresh, and you keep doing that all summer! I want to say right at the start that when I say ‘salad crops’, I won’t be including celery (which can be very tricksy), cucumbers (which would need a whole blog to themselves), tomatoes (which I talked about in yesterday’s...

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