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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6. You say tomatoes, I say terrific! #DigYourOwnaForCorona

Whoa! ‘This Grow Your Own’ is taking off in a BIG way in these troubled times – and that is such brilliant news. And if your veg doesn’t all turn out like it looks in the supermarkets (and sometimes fails to appear at all!), so what? We’ll have learnt something new, connected with the gob-smacking seed-to-harvest journey and hopefully end up with a some delicious things you’ve GROWN YOURSELF. You have to be ‘quids in’, don’t you? Today, I’m talking about tomatoes, those stalwarts of any self-respecting veg drawer. I think I’m slightly addicted to the sharp luscious smell...

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5. Dwarf runner beans, peas and carrots #DigYourOwnaForCorona

With the proliferation of unsettling news all around us, it’s important not to become disheartened, and the fact is that no one can cancel spring, no matter what else has been put on hold. So let’s get busy on some marvellous veg that you can grow outside, or in pots big and small, or (in the case of pea-shoots) just in an old butter-container on your kitchen window! Getting Hold of Seeds Before I go on to talk about dwarf runner beans, peas and carrots, I just want to say something about the dwindling availability of online seeds, plants...

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4. Know your onions! #DigYourOwnaForCorona

After a crash course on potatoes and broad beans in the last couple of days, we’re now going to talk about growing the most versatile vegetable of them all – ONIONS! Not usually difficult, unless you live in a swamp, and lovely to have on hand at almost any time in the kitchen. So let’s get started………. 1. Seeds and sets, onions and shallots You can grow onions from seed, which is a cheaper option, but many gardeners, and certainly beginners, prefer to grow them from immature bulbs, known as ‘sets’, being more likely to mature quickly especially if...

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