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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Want to grow your own food?

Most of us have to stay at home right now – it’s the best thing we can do for everyone. But it feels like we should be doing SOMETHING. Why not grow some veg with us three old girls? Having some of your own fresh food on hand this summer could help you and your neighbours and in any case, home-grown anything tastes fantastic. Added to which it’ll get you into the fresh air, keeping you fit and healthy. It’s not just for people with gardens. There’s something here for everyone – you can grow produce in pots and...

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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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3. Broad Beans #DigYourOwnaForCorona

How exciting to be up and running with the veg growing! I’m going to be talking about one of my favourite of all vegetables today – broad beans. One of the joys of growing your own broad beans is that they are SO seasonal – one of the few things that you’ll only buy fresh in supermarkets or get in veg boxes at certain times of the year. And simply delectable whether you eat the beans whole when young, or shucked of their tough skins when they are bigger. 1. Choosing Seeds There are lots of varieties of broad...

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