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Plant personalities #2: Radishes

Radishes are a lovely beginner-friendly things to plant. They grow quickly, are pretty low-maintenance, feel equally at home in containers as in a vegetable patch, and come in lots of interesting varieties, including purple ones. Radishes should be planted in early April, so any day now really – and you can continue growing them at three-week intervals […]

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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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Windowbox Wonders

Getting a windowbox set up is easy. You need: A container. This could be a traditional windowbox or you could opt for something a bit quirkier. I like to match the plant to the container, for example growing camomile in a vintage teapot; strawberries in large; stemmed glass bowls; salad in a salad bowl; or mint in […]

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Eat me #1: First harvest of the season

Sorrel, rocket and mixed leaf (from bottom to top of image) at 4-6 weeks Strawberries grown in a windowbox at 4-6 weeks  OK, I may be a little over-excited and proud-motherly about my first crop of the season, but lunchtime brought with it the first meal enhanced by the garden’s delights (herbs aside). As the […]

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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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