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How to Grow French beans (Climbing, Dwarf, Purple Pod)

French beans are half-hardy annuals which can not be sown in open till last frost date.  It is possible by succession and multiple variety sowing to have French beans over a very long period. The climbing and dwarf refers to…

Selecting site for vegetable garden

Most vegetables are best when grown steadily and quickly. Plants which are slow in reaching maturity are often tough and not so well-flavoured as those grown rapidly. A vegetable plot therefore needs a number of special qualities, as far as…

Planting Vegetables for continuous harvest

If you choose one variety of pea or potato or any other vegetable, and sow the seed or plants all on the same day, the whole lot will be ready for eating roughly during the same week a few months…

Vegetable garden soil – Types

Soil is produced over many millions of years by rock breaking up. Each type of rock produces a different type of soil. There are five main soil types: clay, sand, silt, peat and chalk. All have different characteristics with some…

How to improve soil for vegetable garden

In the wild a plant grows, taking nutrients from the soil, then dies back, and aided by worms, insects, and bacteria the rotted plant returns those nutrients to the soil so that they can be used again by other plants.…

Vegetable Garden Watering

In dry weather it is better to water less often but thoroughly than frequently and lightly. Light watering simply encourages roots to grow near to the surface and these will immediately suffer in dry weather whereas deeper roots have a…

Vegetable garden weed control

There are two types of weeds based on their lifecycle, perennial weeds and annual weeds. Image Credit: (cc-by-nc-nd) Bruno Monginoux Perennial weeds with creeping root systems, like ground elder, or deep tap roots, like dandelions, need to be dug out…