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Decoctions and Infusions 
Hi Rick,

I recently watched your videos on youtube and have since favorited your website to my computer. I’ve always been into herbs and nature. I have …

first time gardener 🙂 
Hello ,
I have just moved into my first house (after 8 years in a flat with no planting space beyond my kitchen window sill) and it has a small but I’m …

Willow Tree 
On wednesday our oversized Willow tree (Twisted Willow variety)that was becoming a big 30 foot tall problem in our small garden was finally removed and …

Meadows, flowers and veg growing.  
I was watching a fascinating program last night on BBC2 that demonstrated how turning inner city greenspaces into wild flower meadows was having a beneficial …

Mick’s wormery 
Hi Rick
I have been thinking for some time now about getting a wormery but decided to make my own earlier this week.

I could have bought a cheap plastic …

micks update 17/05/2011 
Hi Rick

Tuesday 17th May, a quick update on the progress of the new raised beds I made this year which are now starting to fill up nicely.

First …

micks update 15/05/2011 
Sunday May 15th, just slightly nervous today because I have decided to empty one of my potato sacks, which I have never grown before, for Sunday dinner. …

Micks tip for Liquid Fertilizer 
Hi Rick
I thought I would pass on to yourself and any readers how to make a liquid fertilizer for all things green ie lettuce brassica’s beans etc.

micks update 25/04/2011 
With all the sun we’ve been having this month its difficult to keep up with everything in the garden.

Planted early potatoes in bags this year, first …

micks update 20/04/2011 
Hi Rick. I have nearly finished my raised beds so I thought I would post some pix.
Mick

Micks Container gadening 
I said last year that I would be building some new raised beds this year so here is the update.

First I had to clear the piece of ground that had been …

Mulching, Pest warfare and stumping! 
Well, the snow has finally gone (but for how long?) and the garden is looking a bit bedraggled but there’s the anticipation of a new season and year to …

Possible Improvements for the Hydroponic system in the video  
Could you use 2 pumps with a small 1 gallon tank? You could then have a second pump of the same power but double the height.

If you want more guttering …

High Percentage of Seed Germination Failures  
I know the weather hasn’t been too good of late but I’m beginning to see how low soil temperatures is preventing a high percentage of crop seeds from either …

Food Dehydrator Re-think 
Ok, so I figured with all the food my garden will (hopefully) be producing this year, I will need some way of preserving it so it will last through the …

FINALLY!
The Garden Floor is Painted!
 
Well I’ve finally got there!

It all started about 3 weeks ago when I decided to put a fresh coat of paint on the patio floor. It was a nice sunny day, …

Experiments in growing fruit & veg 
Hi again,

It’s been busy in the household over the last week or two. Firstly we had our Twisted Willow tree reduced in height as in six years it had …

FINALLY! managed to paint the floor! 
It’s been raining for 3 weeks! But finally the weather has broken and I have been able to paint the garden foor without the danger of rain coming in and …

Upside-down Tomato buckets ready to go! 
I finally went out to Wickes and brought a bunch of their 99pence builders buckets. These are for my upside down tomatoes which I intend to hang on all …

Spring is here… by 
Finally, it looks like Spring has turned up. The birds are singing, there’s buds on the trees and thoughts now turn to growing things.
As we missed the …

Giving The Seedlings Some Extra Light With CFL’s 
We seem to have fallen back on the weather a bit and for the past few days it has been grey and overcast, which means the seedlings are not getting as …

Got the painting blues! 
I couldn’t continue with painting the garden floor today because of the rain – so I painted myself instead :o)

I just love Photoshop!
If you happen …

Painting the Garden!  
I decided I was fed up with seeing pictures of my patio throughout this website, looking dirty and broken, so today I decided to repair the holes and re-paint …

First timer 
This will be the first time I start growing food apart from when I was a child my dad let me have a patch to grow strawberries. Anyway this year I will …

Video Diary March 10th 2010 
This is an up-to-date video diary / Vlog on how things are progressing in my food-growing quest…

Enjoy


Chitting Potatoes in the Light or in the Dark? – Confusion resolved…. 
A quick note about Chitting your potatoes.
There seems to be a lot of contention about whether to let them sprout in the daylight or in the dark.

Growing Potatoes in Bags 
It’s early March and time to get the first-early potatoes in.
It doesn’t matter if you only have a small space or patio area like me, you can still grow …

Preparing garden for fruit and veg growing 
Hello again,

My wife and I spent sunday afternoon in Scotdales in Cambridge choosing veg seeds to plant. Our garden isn’t the biggest and at the moment …

Can’t wait to get started! 
This is going to be an exciting 2010 growing year for me and hubby. We’ve tried growing tomato plants and marrows before with so-so results, but we’ve …

Growing fruit & Veg in a small semi-rural garden near Cambridge 
My wife and I only started to grow our own veg when we started noticing that produce in Tescos (and other retailers) were having to be either flown in …

Olive Doreen 
I’m almost 79 years old and I just love growing vegetables; one of my pleasures is in pulling a few radishes, washing them in a bucket of rainwater and …

First Time with raised beds 
I have constructed 2, 10′ by 3′ x 8* high raised beds for my first trials this year ( 2013 ) they have been placed on a lawned area so have sliced the …

What, NO Pesticides At All? Not rated yet
A common response on hearing that everything we grow is untouched by toxins or chemicals of any kind.

‘What, NO pesticides at all?’

No, none. I …

Raised bed for my patio Not rated yet
Hi Rick
I’m planning on building a raised bed for my patio area and found your video guide really helpful, so thank you for that. Can you tell me how …

First Time with raised beds Not rated yet
I have constructed 2, 10′ by 3′ x 8* high raised beds for my first trials this year ( 2013 ) they have been placed on a lawned area so have sliced the …

The waiting is over – or is it!! Not rated yet
After 2 years of waiting, I finally have 2 raised beds made up in my garden. Looking forward to the next one to be built and then the planting and growing …

Great Site Frame or Greenhouse ? Not rated yet
I started to play around with a veg plot this year and have got the bug!

Love the frame idea…. but now I have a question

I have just enough room …

Micks July Update Not rated yet
Hi Rick
Update for July, I decided to pull my shallots yesterday, that’s the £1 bag from Poundland (12 in the bag) out of those 12 bulbs I managed to …

What is our world coming too? Not rated yet
I found this article on the internet and it just makes me sick to my stomach. This woman could possibly go to jail because she has a garden and is feeding …

Oh sow simple Not rated yet
Living in a second floor flat presents problems for anybody wanting to start their own garden. It definitely isn’t the ideal starting point for a beginner …

Micks raised bed update Not rated yet
May 20th, most things are growing really well at the moment in the raised beds.

Shallots and Onions are beefing up now and they have enjoyed the extra …

micks update 20/06/2011 Not rated yet
A quick update in the greenhouse to see what happening this month.

Cherry tomatoes are setting and growing well now and if you look very carefully there …

micks update 15/05/2011 Not rated yet
Sunday May 15th, just slightly nervous today because I have decided to empty one of my potato sacks, which I have never grown before, for Sunday dinner. …

micks update 25/04/2011 Not rated yet
With all the sun we’ve been having this month its difficult to keep up with everything in the garden.

Planted early potatoes in bags this year, first …

‘Lettuce’ grow together… Not rated yet
As I mentioned in last blog, I’ve placed the lettuce on the old greenhouse staging as it frees up space. There’s a lot to be said for vertical growing …

At last my fruit and veg are thriving Not rated yet
Hi everyone,

Finally it looks like our fruit and veg are putting on a burst of growth to make up for the long winter and cold nights of late.
The …

Gardening with Vertigo Not rated yet
The Container-Gardening-For-Food website is excellent. I too have a small garden and it is new in that there was nothing but grass when I moved in.

May 1st – Potatoes are living up to to their name; “Rocket”! Not rated yet
This will be the forth time in two weeks I have had to ‘earth-up’ the potatoes.

For seed potatoes that didn’t seem to want to do anything at first, …

May 1st – My Pampered Tomato Plants are Doing Fabulously! Not rated yet
So here we are, about to hit May 1st and my main tomato plants are looking as healthy as it is possible to look!

These are the four main plants that …

Still too early to leave the plants out at night Not rated yet
Despite it being well into spring and the weather is warming up nicely, I’m finding it’s still too early to leave the plants outside at night, especially …

First Potatoes Coming on a Treat! Not rated yet
The first early “Rocket” potatoes I am growing in bags (used compost bags) are coming on a treat. They seem to be growing almost faster than I can back-fill …

Preparing For The Climbing Plants Not rated yet
Well, It’s been a fabulously sunny day and I have been out in the garden all day filling pots up with dirt ready for the climbing plants.

I managed …

My Carrots are Finally Showing Through in the Square Foot Garden! Not rated yet
The very first things I planted in my Square foot Garden back in chilly February were my carrot seeds.

For over a month I watched diligently for something …

Painting Update – Grrrr! Not rated yet
It’s Friday, and the floor painting is still not done! It’s starting to get a little frustrating now.

I went out on Tuesday morning and tried to finish …

Still can’t paint the garden! Grrr! Not rated yet
Well, it’s Monday morning, and I still haven’t been able to finish painting the garden floor! I suppose it was partly my own fault…

On Thursday …

LEAD WARNING! – Be Careful When Buying a Hosepipe!  Not rated yet
I’ve just found out some really shocking information. Did you know that your garden hosepipe could conatin LEAD?
I don’t know about you, but this disturbs …

The Calm Before The Storm  Not rated yet
Its February 19th. I’m sat here twiddling my thumbs waiting for the gardening season to begin. It snowed again last night. This cold weather is really …

Growing Carrots – 18th Feb – My First Carrot Seeds Are Sown Not rated yet
I decided to get started with the square foot garden this week by growing carrots, or at least starting them off. I know it’s a bit early, but:
a) It …

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