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Adventures with microgreens #1: Using up old seeds

If you meant to start gardening last year and bought some herb or vegetable seeds then never got around to planting them; bought seeds only to discover they’re nearing their sell-by-date; or have a glut of seeds of uncertain age for some other reason, don’t think you have to throw them away. I’ve successfully grown seeds […]

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How to pot on tomatoes

My tomatoes have started looking a little leggy recently – which sadly doesn’t mean that they’d look great in a little black dress. Leggy plants have too much stem compared to foliage – but luckily, this is an easy problem to solve. Tomatoes are terribly clever plants that are able to grow roots through their […]

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How to harden off plants (and tickle tomatoes)

  One of the joys of sunny days is that they call you out into the garden even when you’ve got proper grown-up things to do (which is why gardening and freelance writing work so well together, because you can garden by day and write stuff to pay the bills by night).  I decided to […]

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Plant personalities #1: Peas

  It may sound a tad absurd, but when you’re choosing which fruit and veg to grow, it’s worth bearing in mind the plant’s personality. OK, so that makes me sound like a purple-wearing, incense-waving hippy (one out of three ain’t bad) but just like people, certain plants are easier to get on with. Even […]

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Ha-pea-ness is a rapidly growing plant

Regular visitors to the groweatgift.com will realise that I have a bit of an obsession with peas, because they’re so friendly and easy to look after. This photo is further proof that peas are brilliant. At only 4-5 weeks old*. they’ve already produced baby peapods. Since taking this photo, I’ve potted them on to reward […]

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Tweeting plants, food celebration, lamb-feeding and peas

Today’s gardening adventures started when I discovered a link to a story about tweeting plants. Some clever people have devised a way for a plant to say when it’s thirsty. It tweets you. The idea of tweeting plants is edging worringly close to Triffids for my liking (OK, so I’m a touch paranoid), but I […]

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