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Mushroom composting

Mushroom compost is a dark, crumbly material. It is the growing medium for commercially cultivated mushrooms, which having been used once is discarded because mushrooms are extremely vulnerable to soil-borne diseases and each crop is grown on fresh, sterilized compost.…

Making leaf mould compost

Autumn leaves take a long time to rot down but are well worth collecting and making into leaf mould. In a dry, shady area make a simple frame from four posts pushed into the ground and with wire- netting stretched…

Worm compost bins

Worm casts are very rich in nutrients in a form that is readily available to plants, so the compost produced in a worm box is closer to a fertilizer than a compost. The worms used are brandlings which are used…

Compost creating tips

Here are some of the proven tips on creating good compost: – Make the size of the container as large as you can: 1 sq m/3 sq ft is the minimum practical size. If your garden is very small, purpose-built…

Bromeliad Aechmea

Common names : Vase plant, Aechmea bromeliad, Urn plant Have you ever wondered why the leaves of aechmea are always arranged in a rosette? In the wild most aechmeas are epiphytic i.e. it grown on some other plant but not…

Growing loose leaf lettuce

Sometimes called chicken lettuce, these varieties are not harvested whole, nor do they form a heart like cabbage and cos lettuces, but individual leaves are picked as required. This cut—and—come again approach is useful as it allows space to be…

Growing crisphead lettuce

The leaves of crisphead lettuce are large, curled and, as the name suggests, pleasantly crunchy. The old favourite Webb’s Wonferful, withstands heat and drought better than most. How to grow crisphead lettuce Lettuces need light, moisture-retentive soil, For till protected…

Growing cos lettuce

The leaves of cos lettuce are long and crisp, with a sweeter flavour than cabbage types. Since the plants take longer to reach maturity, they take up space in the vegetable garden for an extended period. In smaller gardens, a…

growing cucumbers in greenhouse

Greenhouse cucumbers need careful attention but as few as two plants can be very productive. How to grow cucumbers – Three weeks before planting, prepare a special cucumber bed on the greenhouse floor, using a mixture of 2 parts well-rotted…

Growing Ridge Cucumber

If you do not have a heated greenhouse and live in a cooler climate, you can still grow cucumbers if you choose the small variety that can be eaten in salads or pickled. How to grow ridge cucumber Dig the…